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Super Falcons Shift Attention To Japan After USA Friendlies

Super Falcons Shift Attention To Japan After USA Friendlies

The Super Falcons have a friendly date with Japan next month, after they concluded their US Tour where they played two matches with world champions USA in Kansas City and Washington D.C.

The Nigerian ladies are scheduled to play the Japs in an exhibition match at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe on Thursday, 6th October. The date falls within one of the FIFA Women International Windows for this year.

Nadeshiko Japan, which is the alias of the Women National Team of Japan, are rated 13th in the world.

Both teams have clashed only once at competitive level – at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament. The Super Falcons pipped Nadeshiko 1-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on 14th August 2004.

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Two back-to-back friendlies in 2013 were won 2-0 each by Nadeshiko.

Japan’s entertaining girls won the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2011, beating Team USA in a pulsating penalty shoot-out after regulation time ended 2-2. Nadeshiko thus became the first team from Asia to win a senior FIFA World Cup trophy.

The Super Falcons have participated in every FIFA Women’s World Cup finals since the competition began in 1991, reaching the quarter finals in 1999. They are one of the 32 teams that will take part in the biggest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup finals set for nine cities in Australia and New Zealand 20th July – 20th August 2023.

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  • Encyclopaedio 2 years ago

    “Both teams have clashed only once at competitive level – at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament. Nadeshiko pipped the Falcons 1-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on 14th August 2004.”

    CS, this is a rubbish report. I can clearly remember that game at Athens 2004 and the Super Falcons won the game by a goal to nil and even outplayed the Japanese ladies. The lone goal of the game was scored by Vera Okolo,from what I remember.

  • glory 2 years ago

    Team is gradually taking shape. Falcons now have a young quality central/attacking midfielder in Jennifer Onye Echegini. A star to look forward to at the world cup proper. Hopefully she stays injury free. I can only wish the team have at least 3 weeks together camping before tournament.

    • pompei 2 years ago

      Definitely a better performance than the first game. Nnadozie kept the scoreline respectable with some nice saves. They can build on this hopefully. There is much potential in this team.

      • Glory 2 years ago

        @ Pompeii honestly I am beginning to see something good coming for this team. That girl Jennifer, Payne as mentioned by mutum, and Ngozi Okobi will bring some really exciting play to the falcons team. Jennifer’s play and movement was kinda blending well with Onumonu’s
        runs hence helping Onumonu to some extent show she can be a really good player when in the right mix.

  • Mutum 2 years ago

    So nobody noticed payne that came in as a sub? Hmm hmm hmm that gal is far far better than most of the midfielders on parade. Wonder why the coach keeps her on the bench. She is too good oo.

    • Chiemeka Nwaogwugwu 2 years ago

      That was Nicole Payne, Toni’s younger sister. Toni started the game in midfield and played the entire 90 minutes, while Nicole came in to replace Glory Ogbonna at right back in the second half.

  • Guys truth be told the only areas i could applaud pinnick and his administration is the ability to organized high profile friendly matches for the various national teams since his reign guys check out the statistics after top friendlies for super falcons few days ago another is waiting for super falcons which is Japan women’s team and super eagles already confirmed will slung it out with algeria and again portugal men’s team kudos to pinnick administration for this.

  • Chiemeka Nwaogwugwu 2 years ago

    Why do you people keep making the same mistake over and over again? For GOD’s sake, the Super Falcons WON that game at the 2004 Olympics 1-0 courtesy of a 55th minute goal by Vera Okolo, yet you guys keep reporting that Japan won. Can’t we ever get anything right? You better correct yourselves before you lose all credibility. Na wa o!

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