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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AWCON Qualifier: Super Falcons defeat Ivory Coast in Abuja

One foot in. Read our match report from the Super Falcons victory over Ivory Coast.

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AWCON Qualifier: Super Falcons defeat Ivory Coast in Abuja

Nigeria made a positive step towards qualification for the 2022 CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations with a 2-0 first leg victory over Ivory Coast on Friday evening in Abuja.

Ifeoma Onumonu celebrates her first goal for Nigeria with her teammates
Ifeoma Onumonu celebrates her first goal for Nigeria

Ifeoma Onumonu scored either side of half-time, to help the Super Falcons down the Lady Elephants in a keenly contested encounter.

The Gotham FC striker had first seen a goal disallowed after she smartly finished a pass from Rasheedat Ajibade. The referee indicated that she had already blown her whistle for a foul against the Atletico Madrid playmaker.

Onumonu, who was making her debut for Nigeria was not to be denied however. She calmly finished a pass from St Etienne’s Esther Okoronkwo to give Nigeria the lead in the 21st minute.

She eventually sealed the win with a beautiful lob over the Ivorian goalkeeper in the 56th minute after latching onto a long pass from Sevilla FC forward, Toni Payne.

The Super Falcons had to endure a bit of pressure in the last 15 minutes of the game. Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie of Paris FC and debutant, Ashleigh Plumptre of Leicester City both made impressive stops.

Ashleigh Plumptre competes for a header
Ashleigh Plumptre

They will take on the Ivorians again in the second leg on Wednesday at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan.

The 12th AWCON holds in Morocco between July 2 and 23, 2022. The tournament will see all four semi-finalists qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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Ifeoma Onumonu goal vs Houston Dash

Ifeoma Onumonu scored a late equalizer for Gotham FC in their NWSL draw vs Houston Dash.

Ifeoma Onumonu goal vs Houston Dash

Ifeoma Onumonu scored a late equalizer for Gotham FC in their [1-1] NWSL draw vs Houston Dash. Fellow Super Falcon, Michelle Alozie was an unused sub for Houston Dash.

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Ifeoma Onumonu goal vs Houston Dash

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