Japan beat Nigeria over two legs.
World Champions, Japan, on Thursday afternoon confirmed their superiority over Nigeria’s women national football team as they defeated the Super Falcons 2-0 in the second friendly match between the two sides.
The Japanese had defeated the Nigerian side by the same margin in their earlier meeting four days ago; and while many thought the Coach Edwin Okon tutored side would muster a better performance to save face, that turned out not to be the case as the host again spanked the Nigeria women.
The outing in Japan shows that the Falcons have a lot to do as they failed to score any goal in over 180 minutes of action and conceded four goals within the same period.
In Thursday’s game, both goals for Japan were scored in the first half as the Nigerian women failed to make their better ball possession count at the Fukuda Denshi Stadium in Chiba.
Japan found the back of the net as early as the 21st minute through an Aya Miyama penalty before Mizuho Sakaguchi jumped higher than all Nigerian defenders to head in a free kick in the 28th minute.
The Falcons did give a better fight in the second half as they attempted to reduce the deficit and return home with heads high. The Falcons found the back of the net in the 57th but the scorer was adjudged to be in an offside position, thus the goal was called off.
The encounter was a bit of a one way game with the Falcons getting snatches of chances but they were unable to utilise with the dominance of Miyama and Sakaguchi in the midfield.
It is not clear how the result in Japan will influence the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation when they will finally announce a substantive coach for the women’s national team as the Federation President, Aminu Maigari, had earlier told newsmen that the technical crew to Japan must show they have what it takes to lift the Falcons to the next level after a string of poor results in recent times.
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