Super Falcons almost threw away a three goal lead but recovered to beat Slovakia 4-3 in Group C of the Cyprus Cup on Friday reports naijasportsgrill.com.ng.
This result brightens chances of qualifying from the group having lost 1-4 to Austria in their first match.
Thomas Dennerby’s girls had to do it the hard way after leading 3-0 at half time thanks to goals by Rita Chikwelu (7th and 38th minutes) and Osinachi Ohale (28th minute).
Chikwelu failed to extend Nigeria’s lead when she missed a penalty kick in the 56th minute.
Slovakia bounced back in the second half and levelled up scores through Jana Vojtekova in the 67th minute and Lucie Harsanyova from the spot in the 72nd and 76th minutes.
Substitute Anam Imo sealed victory for the African champions in the 82nd minute.
The Europeans had an opportunity to equalise from the spot in additional time but Harsanyova missed.
Nigeria is third in the group and engages Belgium on Monday hoping to secure a place in the quarterfinal.
The tournament is part of the team’s preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June.
They begin their World Cup campaign in Group A against Norway on June 12 before games against South Korea and France.
Chiamaka Nnadozie, Osinachi Ohale, Rita Chikwelu (Amarachi Okoronkwo, 62′), Ngozi Okobi, Ngozi Ebere (Chinwendu Ihezuo,73′), Faith Ikidi (Onome Ebi, 46′), Josephine Chukwunonye, Cecelia Nku, Alice Ogebe, Iniabasi Umotong (Asisat Oshoala,46′), Francesca Ordega (Anam Imo,62′).
Substitute not used: Christy Ohiaeriaku
Cautions: Ordega (45′), Nku (65′), Okoronkwo (74′), Ogebe (75′), Nnadozie (90+5)