Monday Gift: Portrait of A striker Blessed With The Gift Of Goals

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Goal Machine!

FC Robo star Monday Gift giving life to her form as a striker in her own words.

And is she spot on for a player that scored Nine goals in five games and 12 overall to emerge as the highest goal scorer at the NWFL super six.

Monday Gift At Super 6

The championship playoff in Edo state once again provided Nigeria women’s football the portrait of their next top striker.

Monday Gift didn’t plan to go professional until she made the team to represent Lagos State at the 2012 national festival. 

From that point forward, the striker who started as an amateur defender wanted more as a professional.

Tall, fast and strong are the attributes you will give a striker like Monday, and she is not alone.

Monday Gift super 6 MVP

Former national team strikers like Mercy Akide-Udoh and her role model, Asisat Oshoala, have the same build and especially eyes for goals.

For Monday, Asisat’s mentality reflects in her approaches to games as a close relationship exists between them.

“I see how she analyses chances after games. Asisat critically looks at her missed chances and how she could have done better. I take on that mentality and it helps me with scoring goals.”

Asisat Oshoala

Strangely for Monday Gift, her eyes for goals developed during her amateur days playing as a defender.

Like most women footballers, her origins include playing with boys on the street.

“Even as a defender back then, i always have eyes for the strikers position. I look at how to spot opportunities to stop the goals”. 

Monday’s Gift Making Way For Her

One important lesson she took from the street games was not to lose because she doesn’t like the taunts that come with it from her opponents during street kickabouts.

“They always mock losers when we play and I remind myself that I don’t want to be in that position, so i put in the work to always be on the winning side”.

Since starting at now-defunct City of David United Ladies, Monday has enjoyed a consistent rise scoring 18 goals during her two-season stint, including in the final to win the 2016 Lagos FA Women’s Cup before joining FC Robo in 2017.

Gift At Robo

Netting 13 times for the Nigeria Women’s Football League Premiership side, Robo FC, drew our attention to her.

She captained Nigeria to African Games glory for the first time in 12 years, scoring the opening goal as a teenage sensation.

Monday Gift: Super Falcons Chance.

After her performances at the NWFL Super 6, stakeholders questioned her omission from the provisional 31 player roster by Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum.

Her previous appearances in the Super Falcons were chances well taken, but she still has to wait.

Monday scored a goal as a substitute in a 9-0 win over Equatorial Guinea as Nigeria won the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February 2021.

Monday  With Falcons

Also, she came from the bench to provide an assist in Nigeria’s 3-3 draw against Portugal at the US Summer Series.

At the Aisha Buhari Cup, she came into her own in front of her home fans.

Coming off the bench, Gift netted a brace in a 2-0 win over Mali, including another assist in a 4-2 loss to South Africa.

“Playing for the super falcons in Lagos was special for me as it is the state where my people are and i didn’t want to disappoint”.

Asisat on Monday Gift

A Next-Gen Star Whose Time Has Come

Before the goals galore at the super six, the world saw a glimpse of her potential.

Monday Gift was part of Goal.com’s inaugural global women’s NxGn top 10 in 2020 and has lived up to expectations.

Samuel Ahmadu, a top women’s football journalist, was part of the next-gen panel.

“I’ve followed her progress closely, from her days at defunct COD United ladies to FC Robo Queens, scoring fantastic goals. Even though she is not the finished article yet but she’s shown that pace, power and certainly knows where the goal is”. Samuel tells sportsintel.

“These are unique attributes of a potential global star which appeal to me about her. I also saw her at several youth national team camps and, considered her destined for great things and has all it takes to surpass our past and active Nigerian stars.

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