International Friendly: Super Falcons Survive Late Scare To Beat Haiti


Super Falcons continue their build-up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday with an international friendly match win against Haiti.

After suffering six consecutive defeats, the Nigerian side bounced back to winning ways in the revelation cup played in Mexico against Costa Rica.

Playing against World Cup debutant Haiti, the nine-time African champions proved to be the better side with a 2-1 victory in Antalya, Turkey.

The African side dominated the game from the blast of the whistle and they had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute through FC Barcelona Feminine forward Asisat Oshoala but it was disallowed.

They finally got their breakthrough in the 40th minute through Esther Okronkwo with a sublime freekick.

Atletico Madrid Feminine attacker Rasheedat Ajibade almost doubled the Nigerian lead in the 45th minute but the goalkeeper did enough to keep the ball out as the first stanza ended in favour of Nigeria.

Super Falcons continue their domination in the second half and it quickly paid off in the 58th minute as Oshoala made it 2-0 for Nigeria through a goal-mouth scramble.

Desire Oparanozie made her comeback in the 65th minute as she came in for Okronkwo as goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie made a stunning save in the 72nd minute.

The Haitians got their goal in the 75th minute after their Nigeria defenders failed to clear their lines.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria despite the last-minute threat from the forward line of Haiti.

Super Falcon’s next opponent is New Zealand on the 11th of April.