OSHOALA SPARES SUPER FALCONS’ BLUSHES
Asisat Oshoala netted the only goal of the game as Nigeria defeated Algeria 1-0 to reach the next round of qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Lagos on Tuesday.
The Super Falcons won the reverse fixture in Blida 2-0, therefore advancing 3-0 on aggregate at the expense of their North African opponents.
With Coach Thomas Dennerby handing a starting berth to the invited six foreign-based professionals. Nigeria started well but failed to break the defence of the visitors.
The Algerians held their own as the home side struggled to carve out a proper opening in the first half. After the break, the African champions finally got their goal in the 59th minute through skipper Oshoala.
The Super Falcons were unable to add to their lead, spurning a handful of presentable opportunities to win more comfortably.
Nigeria now a third-round tie against the winner of the match between Mali and Cote d’Ivoire later this month.