Ajibade and Onumonu on target as Super Falcons hold Canada to a draw

The Super Falcons came back from a 2-0 loss three days earlier to play a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Canadian Women’s National Team.

Ajibade and Onumonu on target as Super Falcons hold Canada to a draw in Langford, BC

The Nigerian women’s national team was on the verge of earning a remarkable victory over its illustrious opponents on Monday night. 

Nigeria came back from a 2-0 loss three days earlier to play a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Canadian women’s national team at the Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC

Ifeoma Onumonu and Rasheedat Ajibade were on target for the African champions, who were able to salvage some pride in their draw over the reigning Olympic winners.

After a lackluster performance in the first leg of their two-legged friendly match against Canada, the Super Falcons were eager to improve their performance against the world’s sixth-ranked team.

After five minutes, they rightfully took the lead when Ifeoma Onumonu’s exquisite back-heel kick went past Kailen Sheridan in the Canadian goal.

Nigeria went into the break with a lead thanks to Chiamaka Nnadozie’s outstanding goalkeeping and some solid defensive play.

Following an error from Onome Ebi, Canada was able to pin the Africans back quickly after the restart through Christine Sinclair. 

In the 53rd minute, though, Rasheedat Ajibade’s cross bounced beyond substitute Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, who stood powerless as the ball soared behind her.

The Super Falcons hung on for the majority of the second half, but a late equalizer by Shelina Zardowsky denied them a memorable second-ever victory over the CONCACAF giants.

With their tour of Canada completed, the Randy Waldrum-coached ladies will focus on defending their title at the African Women’s Nations Cup in Morocco.

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Randy Waldrum speaks on Nigeria’s ambition to emulate Canada

This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at. – Randy Waldrum

Randy Waldrum speaks on Nigeria’s ambition to emulate Canada

The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost by a two goal margin to Tokyo Olympics champions, Canada at Vancouver.

Jessie Flemming opened the scoring in the 51st minute and Vanessa Gilles padded the home side’s lead with a goal in the 72nd.

The Super Falcons missed some players on the night and their absence was felt in the game.

When asked about what he (Randy Waldrum) thought of the result game despite missing key players like Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega and co.

He said: “This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at.

“Canada didn’t just arrive here overnight either so we get to understand that the result in a friendly against a team with top quality like this is not as important as the quality of play.

“Obviously everyone wants to get a result when they step on the field. This will make us better, cause we had to play some younger players.

“You mentioned Asisat, we didn’t have Vivian as well, we didn’t have Ihuezu who plays for us upfront, Osinachi Ohale who plays at the back.

“So we can in one way justify that it wasn’t a full squad, but the good thing is that we try to teach our players that we play with what we have and it’s definitely going to prepare us for AWCON.”

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Canada Women defeat resilient Super Falcons

On Friday, the Canadian women’s soccer team celebrated their Olympic success by defeating Nigeria 2-0 in a friendly match.

Canada Women defeat resilient Super Falcons

On Friday, the Canadian women’s soccer team celebrated their Olympic success by defeating Nigeria 2-0 in a friendly match.

The home side had majority of the possesion across the first half but Labbé was called into action in the 28th minute.

Rasheedat Ajibade broke through the Canadian backline and launched a rocket to the top of the box, but Labbé was able to make a fingertip save to keep the score at 0-0.

In the 51st minute, Deanne Rose set up the game’s opening goal, passing the ball to Flemming at the top of the six-yard box. Flemming struck the ball to a sharp-angle shot that soared above  the shoulder of Chiamaka Nnadozie.

After appearing to sustain an injury, Oluehi came on to replace Nnadozie in the 70th minute.

Canada extended their lead in the 72nd minute.

Jordyn Huitema headed the ball to Gilles, who in return headed it in past Tochukwu Oluehi.

In the 68th minute, Sheridan made her biggest save of the night, diving to deflect a shot from Oyedupe Payne just wide of the post.

Friday was the first time the Canadian and Nigerian women’s teams have met since a friendly in Spain in April 2019, when Canada won 2-1.

Nigeria is ranked 39th in the world, while Canada is ranked sixth.

The two teams will face again in Langford, B.C., on Monday for the second game in the B.C. leg of the celebratory tour.

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Super Falcons to face Canada in a friendly double-header

The Super Falcons will face Olympic Gold medalists, Canada, in an international friendly double-header next month.

Super Falcons to face Canada in a friendly double-header

The Super Falcons will face Olympic Gold medalists, the Women’s National Team of Canada in two international friendlies, as part of the Canada Women’s National Team Celebration Tour.

On Friday, April 8 at BC Place in Vancouver, and on Monday, April 11 at Langford’s Starlight Stadium on Victoria Island, the two-match west coast series will be played.

Canada vs Nigeria - April 8,2022

“We look forward to reconnecting with our Canadian fans on the west coast for these two home matches,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. 

“These two matches against Nigeria in Vancouver and Langford will also provide us with great experience as we continue to prepare for this summer’s qualifiers to both the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.”

Canada v Nigeria - April 11, 2022

Canada’s most recent match in British Columbia, prior to the global epidemic, was a 1:1 draw with the United States in November 2017.

The Super Falcons like the Canadians, are preparing for the summer qualifications for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand 2023.

Nigeria are also one of the 12 nations competing in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place from July 2 to July 23.

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