By Akunna Inyama
It was a fun filled atmosphere at the newly remodelled Mobolaji Johnson Arena where the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Cup took place.
Football fans waited with anticipation as the Super Falcons struggled in the first 45 minutes against their counterparts from Mali.
The Falcons eventually picked pace and flair in the second half with a couple of chances from Captain Asisat Oshoala and Uchenna Kalu but it was substitute, Gift Monday who took the shine scoring a header through a cross from Oshoala in the 83rd minute and a volley in injury time to give Nigeria 3 points.
Reacting after the match, Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum said he had to create a new strategy in the second half to achieve results.
The Super Falcons will play the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in their second match next week Tuesday.
The first of its kind football tournament was graced by dignitaries like Fifa president Gianni Infantino, Nff president Amaju Pinnick, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen and a host of others.
Meanwhile, another cracker awaits as the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon Square off against the Atlas Lionesses of Morocco at 4pm today.