Eleven minutes before halftime, Coach Randy Waldrum’s girls scored from an unlikely source. At the Emir Sports Complex in Antalya, Turkey, skipper Onome Ebi headed home from an incisive Tony Payne cross to silence critics who questioned her continued inclusion in the team.
That was her first goal for the team since January of this year, and her third for the country.
Nigeria headed into the second half with the lead and it took the record African champions just four minutes upon resumption to double the cushion.
Jennifer Echegini scored from close range to give Nigeria their second goal of the game.
The Super Falcons then increased their dominance in the game and were duly rewarded for it.
Desire Oparanozie scored deep into stoppage time as Nigeria annihilated the World Cup-bound team in only her second match back from a lengthy international exile.
Tuesday’s victory over the Ferns follows a 2-1 victory over Haiti. The games are a warm-up for the World Cup.
Nigeria is in Group B, along with Canada, co-host Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.