It was reported that the Super Falcons on Monday held the Canada women’s team to a goalless draw in a highly physical friendly game ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup starting next month in Canada.
Canada captain Christine Sinclair went down hard twice as the African champions showed no mercy on an artificial pitch at Toronto FC’s training centre. The resilient Sinclair had the best scoring chance late in the game but could not get a rebound off an Adriana Leon shot past the Nigerian goalkeeper.
Canada’s Sophie Schmidt, however, came close to scoring when she hit the post in the first half.
Falcons coach Edwin Okon said after the match, “This match is a good one for us because this is a grade A friendly. If we can play the host team like this, then there is no side we cannot play. Talking about this match, the wind was against us but that is not an excuse as we missed so many scoring chances. They didn’t have as many scoring chances as we did but then it was good for us because we used it to assess our players.”
Canadian coach John Herdman, who spent most of the match yelling instructions from high above on a mobile crane, charitably called it a good learning experience.
“It wasn’t the best game, they know that,” said Herdman. “A couple of players probably didn’t stand up the way they should have in this match. They’ll be asking themselves questions, because they’re honest like that.”
“We had a good 15 minutes and that’s about it really,” he added.
Nigeria, ranked 33rd in the world, are in Group D alongside USA, Sweden and Australia