Nigeria’s Super Falcons took on the best team in international women’s football, the USWNT at the newly built QZ stadium in Austin, Texas in the final game of their invitational Summer Series and ended up on the losing side by a two-goal margin, losing 2-0 to the World champions.
Following a composed opening to the game, the Super Falcons’ resistance was finally broken in first half added time when a lapse in concentration saw Glory Ogbonna mistime a tackle and miss the ball, leaving Christen Press with just enough room to bend the ball beyond the despairing dive of Nigeria’s Tochukuwu Oluehi in goal. The Super Falcons tried to bypass the midfield in the second half by playing long punts up the pitch to utilise the pace of captain Asisat Oshoala, but the USWNT kept them at bay and struck again in second half stoppage time as Lynn Williams found herself one-on-one with Oluehi and the American rounded the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net for 2-0.
The Super Falcons’ coach Randy Waldrum praised his players’ efforts, and stated that he was proud of the performances they put on for their games in the USA. Nigeria lost to Jamaica one-nil and the USA two-nil, and only drew with Portugal 3-3. It was a good test for the Super Falcons, who will now turn their attention to the upcoming AWCON qualifiers.