The Benfica midfielder turned in a corner early in the second half to power the Super Falcons to victory over Botswana
Super Falcons midfielder Christy Ucheibe has expressed her elation at scoring her first goal for Nigeria in their 2-0 victory against Botswana on Thursday.
Nigeria suffered a 2-1 loss to South Africa in their opening game of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. And they needed a victory in their second game against Botswana to keep their dreams of a tenth Nations Cup title alive.
The Super Falcons started on a bright note and were rewarded with a goal from Ifeoma Onumonu in the first half.
Coach Randy Waldrum introduced Benfica star Ucheibe as a replacement for veteran Rita Chikwelu at halftime. The 21-year-old did not waste time in registering her presence, as she jumped highest to head in a Toni Payne corner to give Nigeria a 2-0 victory.
After the game, Ucheibe took to social media to share her elation at scoring her first goal for the nine-time African champions.
I am so proud to have scored my first goal for the Super Falcons and helped the team secure this important victory ⚽️ #UC23 #BOTNGA #SuperFalcons #WAFCON2022 pic.twitter.com/LPYSsTNCQ7
— Ucheibe Christy (@UcheibeC) July 7, 2022
For Ucheibe, the growth has been steady. The 21-year-old represented Nigeria at the youth level, and this year’s WAFCON is her first with the Super Falcons.
Nigeria take on Burundi- the weeping girls of the group in their final game on Sunday. And Ucheibe would look to spur the team to victory.
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