Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum has hailed the ‘fantastic’ performance of his team after they thrashed Equatorial Guinea 9-0 to claim the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya on Tuesday.
Captain Asisiat Oshoala netted four times, while Charity Adule, Uchenna Kanu, Gift Monday, Toni Payne and Glory Ogbonna were all on target as the 9-time African champions humiliated the Nzalang Nacional.
The win ensured Nigeria finished the tournament unbeaten, after earlier 1-0 victories against CSKA Moscow Ladies and Uzbekistan.
It also represents a brilliant start for new coach Waldrum, who could not hide his excitement after guiding the 1999 World Cup quarter-finalists to the title in Turkey.
“I feel fantastic,” the 64-year-old American said. “It’s a great way to start, and the players did a fantastic job today (Tuesday), especially early in the game to put it away and leave no questions unanswered.
“So, I’m just really, really excited that we came here and had a great event.”
The Falcons were already 7-0 up at the break, with Waldrum handing opportunities to some fringe players in the team.
Despite scoring two more goals in the second half to seal a 9-0 win, the former Trinidad and Tobago coach admitted that there was a ‘big difference’ after the changes.
“Well, I think you could see a difference when we made the change. Obviously, from the first team to the second, there was a big difference.
“But they need that experience. They need that opportunity to play for us to see them and evaluate. And we’ll make decisions from future camps from here,” he concluded.