The Super Falcons of Nigeria rose from their first match 2-1loss to South Africa to beat debutant Botswana 2-0 and restored their AWCON’s hope at the Prince Moulay Al-Hassan Stadium on Thursday night.
Coach Waldrum made three changes to the first team that started against South Africa, which saw the introduction of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, Ngozi Okobi and Francesca Ordega.
Ifeoma Onumonu opened scoring in 21st minute of the first half before Ucheibe Christy’s second goal in the 48th minute of the second half sealed the victory.
The team also changed formation from 4-3-3 to 4-1-4-1 formation, which saw the Falcons choke the midfield while Onumonu ifeoma played upfront to replace injured Aishat Oshoala who is now out of the competition.
The Super Falcons knowing the importance of winning the match were more tactical and possessed the ball more than their opponent.
They also exhibited high level of confidence and after the 2-0 lead, Nigerian fans were left with no other option than singing their praises while struggling Botswana were booed.
The victory means Nigeria now move to second position with three points, while South Africa who earlier defeated Burundi by 3-1 remain on top with six points and are now through to the next round.