The Nigerian senior female national football team, Super Falcons, have qualified into the quarterfinal stages of the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations [WAFCON] with the help of the Payne sisters, Nicole and Toni, becoming the first siblings to start for the Super Falcons in tournament history.
The sisters, who were born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, started for Super Falcons side, coached by Randy Waldrum against Burundi in their 4-0 thrashing on Sunday, helping the defending champions reach the knock out stage.
Nicole who is the younger amongst the sisters, started her first game of the competition, playing at left back, with her sister playing on the right. The Payne sisters, who has both played at youth level for the USA, already made history as the first siblings to represent Nigeria together, but were now doing it at the continental flagship tournament.
While speaking to the media, Nicole said:
“I am really excited. To represent Nigeria with my sister is a dream come true. We feel really proud and blessed to be in this position,”.