Windhoek - Ngozi Okobi who was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Super Falcons 4-2 win of Ivory Coast on Saturday at the ongoing Africa Women Championship (AWC) says the best of the team is yet to come.
"I was overwhelmed when I was named the Most Valuable Player and I dedicate the award to my family."
"What we played against Cote d' Ivoire is just a tip of the iceberg as Super Falcons are capable of doing greater things in this championship. We always knew the Ivoirians who eliminated the 2012 champions Equatorial Guinea will be tough so we took them seriously.”
"In the next game we will see a different Falcons. We shall play better now that we have navigated our opening game successfully. Out target is to reclaim the title and we are here to give our best to achieve that," Okobi stated.
The Super Falcons opened scoring in the 12th minute of the game through Esther Sunday who latched on to a sassy play by Okobi to beat the Ivory Coast goalkeeper.
The Ivoirians responded 10 minutes later when Rebecca Elloh was fell in the box by Onome Ebi and Fatou Culibaly Tiegnou coolly beat Precious Dede to level up score at 1-1.
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Falcons persistent pressure yielded fruit in the 54th minute when Mariam Diakite scored an own goal while attempting to clear her goal area to give the Nigerians a 2-1 lead.
Desire Oparanozie made it 3-1 in the 74th with a good finish from Esther Sunday's floater. But Cote d’ Ivoire pegged Nigeria back when Christine Lehoues Yeble was gifted a loose ball to fire home.
Oparanozie completed the scoring with three minutes left of play benefitting from A pass from Asisat Oshoala to make it 4-2.
Speaking after the match Nigeria's coach Edwin Okon said the Ivoirians gave the Falcons a good game, noting that they never played under pressure.He said that winning the cup is not negotiable and that Super Falcons will continue to improve.
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