Japan, former women’s world champions, maintained their superiority over Nigeria’s Super Falcons with a 2-0 victory in Thursday’s international friendly in Kobe, Completesports.com reports.
It is now Japan’s third consecutive victory against the Super Falcons in their four meetings.
Also, the Falcons have now lost their last five games. The last time they won a game was in the quarter-finals of this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in July.
Notable Falcons players in action against Japan included Ifeoma Onumonu, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Rasheedat Ajibade, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Uchenna Kanu, Michelle Alozie, Ashleigh Plumptre and Christy Ucheibe.
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Former Falconets stars like Flourish Sabastine, Esther Onyenezide, Deborah Abiodun and Jumoke Alani were also in action.
After a scoreless first half, Japan scored two quick goals thanks to a brace from Mina Tanaka.
The stalemate was broken in the 64th minute after Tanaka brought down a floating free kick with his chest before passing Nnadozie.
And in the 68th minute, Tanaka got her second by converting from the penalty spot, after Ohale brought down a Japanese player who was on goal.
The Falcons and Japan will take part in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
By James Agberebi
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