Nigeria’s Super Falcons defeat New Zealand 3-0 to record their third consecutive victory (Video)

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons defeat New Zealand women 3-0 in a friendly match to record their third consecutive victory as they prepare for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Nigerian women’s national team, the Super Falcons, claimed a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over World Cup co-hosts New Zealand at the Mardan Stadium in Antalya on Tuesday.

It was the Falcons’ second friendly match in four days, and the team appears to be growing in confidence with each game lately, and it comes 100 days before the start of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which Australia and New Zealand will co-host.

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This is the team’s third consecutive win under coach Randy Waldrum, as they continue to fine-tune strategies for the upcoming World Cup.

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Coach Randy Waldrum named the same starting lineup that defeated Haiti 2-1. Chiamaka Nnadozie remained in goal, with Onome Ebi and Oluwatosin Demehin filling in at the back.

Toni Payne and Onyi Echegini played more offensively from the middle, while Halimatu Ayinde was the deepest midfielder. Rasheedat Ajibade and Esther Okoronkwo assisted Asisat Oshoala, who was looking for the Falcons’ third consecutive goal.

In the early stages of the game, New Zealand took control and created more opportunities. The Super Falcons, on the other hand, remained resilient and weathered the storm, breaking the deadlock in the 33rd minute through Nigeria’s captain and defender, Onome Ebi.

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Ebi demonstrated her leadership and prowess by heading in a well-delivered corner kick, giving the Super Falcons a 1-0 lead. Nigeria took the lead into the interval

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After the break, the Super Falcons continued their impressive performance.

In the 50th minute, Demehin sent in a pinpoint cross from the wing, which midfielder Jenifer Echegini expertly converted to double the Falcons’ lead. Both teams had pockets of chances afterwards.

While it looked like the game would end 2-0 in favour of the Super Falcons, Oparanozie popped up with one more goal in stoppage time to give the Falcons one of their biggest wins in recent times. The China-based striker expertly swivelled around the penalty spot to create the shooting chance, which she hammered home.

It was heartwarming to see the Super Falcons’ defence remain steadfast and maintain their clean sheet to secure a 3-0 victory over New Zealand, who are ranked in the 25th position, while the Nigerian ladies are in the 42nd spot.

This latest win highlights the growing confidence and form of the Super Falcons under coach Randy Waldrum as they gear up for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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With this momentum, Nigeria’s national team could be a force to reckon with when they file out against the other 31 countries that would be in Australia and New Zealand for the 2023 World Cup.

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