SUPER FALCONS LOSE TO JAPAN IN A FRIENDLY, THEIR FIFTH LOSS SINCE JULY.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on October 6, 2022
Former women’s World Cup champions Japan maintained their superiority over the Super Falcons of Nigeria with a 2-0 win in Thursday’s international friendly game in Kobe, Japan.
After a goalless first half, Japan scored two quick goals through a brace from Mina Tanaka.
The deadlock was broken in the 64th minute after Tanaka brought down a floated set piece with her chest before slotting past Nnadozie.
And in the 68th minute, Tanaka got her second as she converted from the penalty spot after Ohale brought down a Japanese player who was heading for the goal.
Among notable Falcons players who featured against Japan were Ifeoma Onumonu, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Rasheedat Ajibade, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Uchenna Kanu, Michelle Alozie, Ashleigh Plumptre and Christy Ucheibe.
Also in action were former Falconets stars like Flourish Sabastine, Esther Onyenezide, Deborah Abiodun and Jumoke Alani.
It is now the third consecutive win for Japan over the Super Falcons in their four meetings thus far.
The Super Falcons have now lost their last five games in all competitions, with their last victory coming against Morocco in July at the quarter-finals stage of this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Both Falcons and Japan will feature at next year’s FIFA women’s World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Story By Lai Lawal