The Super Falcons of Nigeria began their preparation for the Women’s World Cup in France on Thursday afternoon with a friendly against the Steel Roses of China.
The nine time African Champions were defeated 3-0 by the Steel Roses in their opening match at the ongoing four-nation invitational tournament in China. A second half brace from Li Ying Wang to consolidate on Zhang Rui’s 10th minute opener ensured that China progressed to the final of the tournament.
Although based on the startling line-up many would argue that the Super Falcons played the majority of the game with less fire power compared to what they had on the bench with the likes of Rasheedat Ajibade and Francisca Ordega having to watch on from the sidelines.
Thomas Dennerby’s team however comprised of the likes of captain Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Faith Micheal, Chinwendu Chukwunonye all starting in defence while AWCON penalty hero, Tochukwu Oluehi who was also forced into a couple of saves started in goal.
Earlier in the day Nigeria’s Group A World Cup opponent, South Korea defeated Romania 3-0 to advance to the final of the tournament where they will face hosts, China. The Super Falcons on the other hand will face Romania in the third place match on Sunday.
FT: China 3-0 Nigeria (Zhang Rui 10', Li Ying 65' 90+2') : @NGSuper_Falcons made a losing start to the year but will focus on bouncing back against Romania in the third place match of the Four Nation Tournament of Wuhua on Sunday #CHNNGA #SoarSuperFalcons #Team9jaStrong
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) January 17, 2019
FT: China 3-0 Nigeria (Zhang Rui 9', Li Ying 64' 90+2'). The Steel Roses start well the year and will face South Korea on the final of the Four Nation Tournament of Meizhou! #SteelRoses #WomenInFootball pic.twitter.com/g7sPuO1MN6
— China Women's Team (@ChinaWFT) January 17, 2019