The Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum has reacted to the spirited fight the Super Falcons put up against Portugal in the WNT Summer Series going on in the United States.
The Nigeria national women team fought back to force the Selecao Women to a 3-3 draw when all hope seems to have been lost, having conceded twice in the first 34 minutes of the game.
The team reduced the deficit just before halftime which puts up hope of a better second half.
But the Portuguese restored the two-goal lead just four minutes into the game and the game drag on before Nigeria forced an own goal from Diana Gomez before Rasheedat Ajibade completed the great comeback in the 95 minutes of the match to send the Nigerians into wild Jubilation after the final whistle which was extended to the dressing room.
In the match post mortem, a visibly excited Randy addressed the girls in their dressing room. The coach praises their undying spirits of not giving up until it’s over and consider it as a strength the team can build on as there is still a lot to improve upon.
Randy said: “Great Job girls, I am proud of you, when you are down, you fight back, there is a lot to improve on and surely we will continue to do that but this is something we can build on as it shows we are a very good team that we are always in the game to the last whistle “.
Nigeria will play her final game in the series against the host, the United State of America on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in the newly built Q2 Stadium, Austin.
The Super Falcons lost their first game against Jamaica by 1-0 last Thursday and may need a miracle to avoid defeat against the World Champion.
POR – Own Goal (Chidinma Okeke) 22nd minute
POR – Carole Costa (Andreia Jacinto) 33
NGA – Michelle Alozie (Rita Chikwelu) 44
POR – Telma Encarnação (Andreia Jacinto) 49
POR – Own Goal (Diana Gomes) 52
NGA – Rasheedat Ajibade (Toni Payne) 90+5
POR: 1-Inês Pereira; 2-Catarina Amado, 19-Diana Gomes, 15-Carole Costa (Capt.), 3-Alícia Correia; 7-Francisca Nazareth (9-Melissa Gomes, 81),13-Fátima Pinto (11-Tatiana Pinto, 57), 6-Andreia Jacinto (8-Andreia Norton, 56), 21-Andreia Faria (14-Dolores Silva, 57), 23-Telma Encarnação (16-Diana Silva, 57), 10-Jéssica Silva (5-Joana Marchão, 89)
Substitutes not used: 12-Bárbara Santos, 22-Rute Costa, 4-Sílvia Rebelo, 17-Mariana Azevedo, 18-Beatriz Cameirão, 20-Lúcia Alves
Head coach: Neto Francisco
NGA: 1-Tochukwu Oluehi; 4-Glory Ogbonna (3-Salome Zogg, 46), 9-Toni Payne, 10-Rita Chikwelu (7-Ebinemiere Bokiri, 83), 13-Ifeoma Onumonu (12-Ijeoma Okonronkwo, 46), 14-Chidinma Okeke, 15-Rasheedat Ajibade, 17-Francisca Ordega (2-Gift Monday, 82), 22-Michelle Alozie, 5-Onome Ebi (21-Nicole Payne, 58) 8-Asisat Oshoala (Capt.) (18-Obianujuwan Ikechukwu, 70)
Substitutes not used: 16-Yewande Balogun, 23-Sunday Etim, 6-Charity Adule, 11-Amanda Mbadi, 19-Akudo Ogbonna, 20-Blessing Demehin,
Head coach: Randy Waldrum
Stats Summary: POR / NGA
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 2 / 12
Offside: 2 / 3
NGA – Rasheedat Ajibade (Caution) 75th minute
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alicia Messer (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)