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Super Falcons Beat Romania To Finish 3rd At China 4-Nation Tourney

Super Falcons Beat Romania To Finish 3rd At China 4-Nation Tourney

The Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated Romania 4-1 in the China Four-Nation Invitational Tournament in Wuhua on, Sunday reports Completesports.com.

It was the first time in two decades that the nine time African Champions would record a win against an European team.

Chiwendu Ihezuo gave the Thomas Dennerby side the lead one minute into the interval.

In the second half, strikes from Onome Ebi, Rita Chikwelu and Ini Umotong secured a third place finish at the invitational tournament.

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The Super Falcons had lost 3-0 to China in their first game of the competition.

The Nigerian ladies are shaping up for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this June.

The Thomas Dennerby’s team is also billed to participate in the Cyprus Women’s Cup from the 25th February to the 7th of March 2019. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, North Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, South Africa and Thailand are the other nations invited to take part.

By Johnny Edward

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  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    Wooow great performance,now they have proved the critique wrong again.Keep improving

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Asoko don’t be deceived go and check women ranking and Romania female football pedigree we are watching this team closely judging by subsequent performances before they can gain any trust from reasonable and realistic fans!

  • Franklin 2 years ago

    d super falcons shd take great lessons from each friendly matches. they strengthen their weakness and their strengths they shd make stronger.

  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    My brother,this is a great achievement, the first in two decades haaabaaa Mr Samuel appreciate them it simply means the team is evolving though not there but they r fulfilling the purpose of friendlings.Even reasonable and realistic fans usually have reasons to criticise not just for talking sakes.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      I made this point on twitter and Onome ebi official understands my point on how well we know our women team to play she not only liked but she retweeted it! One team I love most about Nigeria football is the Female teams and the age group mark teams because they always deliver even though it’s not everytime!

  • I could care less if d team won or lost,the reason for dis friendlies is to get d team ready for d world cup.the coach tried different players for both games which was good.however i don’t see dis team doing very well at d world cup,not becus of d coach or d players but solely becus d NFF started their preparation late,this is d only fifa free window we hav utilized apart from d france game,d federation need to set up more friendlies for these girls to get them ready for tournaments.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    “It was the first time in two decades that the nine time African Champions would record a win against an European team.”
    CSN….please double check on that line.
    Nigeria beat the three lionesses of England 3-0 sometime in 2004 or so. 2 goals from Perpetua ‘Pepe’ Nkwocha and Stella ‘mgbidi express’ Mbachu (i think) gave the Ismaila Mabo (or was it sam okpodu sef…?) tutored girls the lead in that friendly encounter.
    Anyways, just as I predicted in my last post when the falcons lost to china….they came in good today against romania…and i’m glad to see the strike partnership experiment of the trio of Ihezuo, Uchendu and Umotong eventually paid dividends. For me, 48hrs wasnt enough to recover from a 20hr trans-continental flight from a tropical climate to a frigid one like what is being experienced in china now. Even though i wasn’t expecting a win against the chinese, the fact that the last 2 of their 3 goals in that game were conceded towards the end indicated nothing else but fatigue on the part of our girls.
    For the rable-rousers who want to water down this victory with ‘FIFA Rankings’ They should also consult the same rankings to see if their bashing of the team is justified.
    Even when they have free internet, they aren’t sensible enough to go to FIFA website and see that Romania is currently ranked 41st in the world just 2 places behind Nigeria (ranked 39th) where as France and china are ranked 3rd and 15th respectfully. If you want to water down this victory, it will also be fair to disregard the loses to france and china too.
    Later dem go say na only dem sabi football….common internet dem nor sabi use……LMAO…!!!
    Meanwhile, a pat on the back to the girls. we look forward to futher improvements as you play together more, gel more, understand the coach more and try out more strategies. The friendlies are sure serving their purpose.
    Up next…Cyprus Cup…!

  • @dr drey i know about these friendlies and read my comments well,b4 now no fifa free window was utilized,all i am sayin is that we should hav started b4 now.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      “d federation need to set up more friendlies for these girls to get them ready for tournaments”……That was from you sir.
      The falcons played 5 matches at the awcon in november…they will play 10 more matches before the world cup….from november 2018 to June 2019 is 8 months. If 15 grade A matches in 8 months isnt enough preparation for the world cup…I wonder what will. Dont forget these girls are professional players and have to play for their clubs too. Maybe we might need to register the super falcons in a women’s league in Europe or in the WNBA to get enough games for them to prepare for the world cup.

  • And dude ordega was d third strike partner not umotong.umotong was a sub.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      ….and when umotong was subbed in…did she play as a lone striker…??? Lmao…!

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    Kudos to our darling Super Falcons. At least, they have learnt something in this tournament. I believe they will make us proud in France.

    I’m also using this opportunity to say a big thank you to the NFF boss, Mr. Amaju.

    However, It is too early to criticize the coach now. I’m taking my time to examine his coaching ability, techniques and his philosophy. For now, I will give him 100% support like the way I did for coach Rohr before the world cup.

    If he performs more than coach Rohr who knows, he might help Oga Rohr in Egypt this year.

    After this year world cup in France then, I can say something about him. For now MBA, no comment.
    God bless Nigeria!!!

  • It’s really pointless arguing.i hav got my opinions u hav yurs lets just stay dat way.

  • This is the kind of result that fills me with confidence.

    This was a convincing win against a team that are “next-door neighbours” to Nigeria as far as FIFA rankings are concerned.

    The falcons have shown, in recent results, that they can overcome teams around them when it comes to ratings.

    On current rankings, Nigeria will be expected to struggle against world cup opponents South Korea and Denmark, 14 and 17 positions respectively in the FIFA rankings, as the Falcons currently rank 39.

    I won’t even bother with France.

    Dennerby has a lot of work to do between now and June to bridge the gap between his ladies and the opponents they will face on France.

    Is it possible?

    This result against Romania, which could have gone another way, shows them on the right track.