Nigeria draws with Olympic Champions Canada

Edwin  - CEO July 21, 2023
Updated 2023/07/21 at 4:35 AM
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Super Falcons holds on in the ‘Group of Death’


Canada's forward #09 Jordyn Huitema (C) reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women's World Cup Group B football match between Nigeria and Canada at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, also known as AAMI Park, in Melbourne on July 21, 2023. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP)Canada’s forward Jordyn Huitema, centre, reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup Group B football match between Nigeria and Canada at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on July 21, 2023 [William West/AFP]


By Ed Emeanua


Nigeria’s Super Falcons fought out a scoreless draw with the reigning Olympics champions Canada in their opening ‘Group of Death’ game at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Australia in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.


Nigeria’s two goals were scored by the pair of Asisat Oshoala (21st minute) and ‘Captain Fantastico’ Onome Ebi (55th minute) while Canada’s lone goal of the game came through the boots of forward


The draw takes the nine-time African champions to a joint second place on Group B qualifying play table with Canada with tournament co-hosts, Matildas of Australia leading the group, and Ireland making up the rear of the placing.


The draw also boosts the qualifying chances of Nigeria from the group rounds with their next game coming up on Thursday, July 27 at the  “The Cauldron”, also known as the Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in the suburb of Milton.


A win against Australia in the African’s second game at the Women’s World Cup assures the Super Falcons a berth at the knockout stage of the tournament and qualification from a group none gave them a chance of making it out from.


Randy Waldrum
Randy Waldrum


Tochukwu Oluehi
1Tochukwu Oluehi
Yewande Balogun
23Yewande Balogun
Glory Ogbonna
4Glory Ogbonna
Onome Ebi
5Onome Ebi
Rofiat Adenike Imuran
20Rofiat Adenike Imuran
Onyi Echegini
19Onyi Echegini
Uchenna Kanu
12Uchenna Kanu
Esther Okoronkwo
21Esther Okoronkwo
Gift Monday
11Gift Monday  


First XI average age 27.5 yrs                                                                                                                               

Beverly Priestman
Beverly Priestman


Lysianne Proulx
22Lysianne Proulx
Sabrina D'Angelo
18Sabrina D’Angelo
Shelina Zadorsky
4Shelina Zadorsky
Gabrielle Carle
16Gabrielle Carle
Allysha Chapman
2Allysha Chapman
Simi Awujo
21Simi Awujo
Jessie Fleming
17Jessie Fleming
Sophie Schmidt
13Sophie Schmidt
Olivia Smith
23Olivia Smith
Nichelle Prince
15Nichelle Prince
Cloé Lacasse
20Cloé Lacasse
Evelyne Viens
11Evelyne Viens
Canada began the game and took over the attacking edge pinning Nigeria to their end of the field for the first 16 minutes of the match but the Super Eagles managed to keep their formation.
Although Canada toped the action, the match remained even in the midfield where there has not been a team that has total control of the actions in the first 21 minutes of the game.

A straightforward ball down the left wing from Nigeria in the 22nd minute that should have been comfortably cleared by the Canadian goalkeeper, was however totally missed.

Asisat Oshoala latches on to the loose ball but her effort goes out wide, and her shot from a tight angle is well blocked by Ashley Lawrence.

The game became an end-to-end onslaught with the first half ending on a scoreless note.

Early penalty claim in the 47th minute of the second half for Canada, as Christine Sinclair goes down under a seemingly light but clumsy Francisca Ordega tackle.

The referee initially waves it away – but is summoned to the VAR monitor. Finnish referee Lina Lehtovaara check on the screen leads her to reverses her decision!

For the second successive match at the 2023 World Cup, a penalty kick has been awarded. Christine Sinclair’s chance to make history as the first to score at six World Cups was however denied by Chiamaka Nnadozie who saved her weak penalty kick.

It was all Canada offensive for a long stretch with Nigeria again holding firm to a robust defensive line.

Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnadozie made a stunning save on a penalty kick from Canada’s Christine Sinclair to keep the game scoreless

In the 82 minute,  makes a dangerous  break down the right, with a low ball pulled back towards Uchenna Kanu who has space in the box.

Kanu cuts her shot back across goal, but Sheridan makes a fantastic save with her left foot. There was a suspected offside in the build up, still it looked like a let-off for Canada.

Both sides remained dogged till the referee ended the match on the final whistle

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