Nine-time African champions Nigeria have arrived in the United States of America for this year’s Summer Series – a 4-Nation Tournament also involving hosts USA, Jamaica, and Portugal’s ‘A’ Women Teams, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
A contingent of Nigeria –based technical crew and nine home-based professionals flew aboard a Delta Airlines’ flight on the long haul from Lagos to Atlanta and arrived in the capital of the State of Georgia on Tuesday morning. They were aboard another flight from Atlanta to Houston, in the State of Texas, hours after.
According to a release by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Communications Department, the team’s Head Coach, Randy Waldrum, an American, and a number of overseas –based players are expected to join up with the squad in Houston ahead of Nigeria’s first match of the series against Jamaica at the BBVA Stadium on Thursday.
Three days later, the Falcons, one of only seven teams to have featured in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals since the competition was launched 30 years ago, will tackle Portugal at the same BBVA. Their last match is against the USA squad, four-time winners of the FIFA World Cup and four-time winners of the Olympic football gold, at the Q2 Stadium on 16th June.
Matches will be played at the BBVA Stadium in Houston and the brand-new, $240million Q2 Stadium in Austin built by the newest club in the Major League Soccer, Austin FC. Both cities are in the State of Texas and the clash between the Super Falcons and the US Women A team will be the first-ever football match at the state-of-the-art Q2.
The USA is the only one of the four teams in the Summer Series that will compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The match against Nigeria will mark the first time the USA has ever faced the Super Falcons outside of a world championship and it will be just the third-ever friendly against an African country for the Americans, with the previous two coming against South Africa.
Super Falcons Media Officer Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu Bags Award For Legendary Service
Super Falcons Media Officer, Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu on Sunday in Abuja received an award of excellence for her contribution to the development of football and other sporting activities in Nigeria.
Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu who is the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of one of the leading Online Sports Communication Outfit, Tobex Media Services was rewarded by a notable sporting agency, Success Tuyi International for her consistent contribution to the growth of sports, most especially Women’s football in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Tobe-Chukwu, who owns a master degree in Communication Studies from the prestigious Lagos State University (LASU) has no doubt made remarkable achievements in various aspects of sports in the country.
The Super Falcons Media Officer who was on national assignment in Austria with the Super Falcons stated that, she is proud to be associated with organisers of such laudable award.
“I am grateful to God almighty for this award and I thank the organisers for counting me worthy as a recipient of such prestigious award”.
The Nigeria football legend award was presented on the 24th of July 2021 to the Super Falcons Media Officer and women football advocate for her legendary service in development of football in Nigeria.
Summer Series: USA Beat Nigeria
Christen Press and Lynn Williams scored as the U.S. women’s national team christened Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, with a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Wednesday.
Press scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time and Williams scored in the fourth minute of extra time in the second half as the U.S. ran its unbeaten streak to 42 games (38-0-4), including 9-0-1 this year.
Goalie Tochukwu Oluehi kept the Nigerians in the match with the best of her four saves on a Press’ shot from 12 yards in the 85th minute, but Williams later got behind the defense and dribbled around the goalkeeper for her 11th international goal.
Alyssa Naeher made one save for the U.S. while recording her 42nd shutout and 13th in her past 14 games.
The U.S. is 51-0-5 in its past 56 home matches with 18 straight victories.
The match was the last of three since June 10 that were the final determinants before coach Vlatko Andonovski announces his roster of 18 players and four alternates for the Tokyo Olympics.
He will then take his team to play Mexico in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 and July 5 in the final matches prior to opening the Olympic tournament on July 21 vs. Sweden.
“The confidence level going to the Olympics is higher than it was before. I feel good where we are at. In terms of making final decisions, I feel pretty good,” Andonovski said.
Press scored the first goal in Q2 Stadium, the $260 million, 20,500-seat home of Austin FC, the Major League Soccer expansion team that makes its home debut against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
She provided the breakthrough score thanks to an assist from Carli Lloyd, who took advantage of a weak clearance to deftly poke the ball ahead to Press.
Press was the top of the box for a first-touch strike that curled to the far post for her 61st international goal, breaking a tie with Shannon MacMillan to move into ninth on the all-time USWNT list.
“I feel very happy with where I am,” Press said. “”This is a stepping stone [to Tokyo].”
The U.S. struggled to finish its opportunities, much like its match against Portugal on June 10 when Sam Mewis scored in the 76th minute for a 1-0 win.
The Super Falcons have lost two of their games at the America Summer Series against Jamaica and they played out a 3-3 draw against Portugal. (Reuters)
How Jamaica Ended Super Falcons Unbeaten Run
By Taiwo Ibrahim
Randy Waldrum’s side started the encounter with purpose and intent pinning the Jamaicans to their half and creating chances, but they were unable to convert them into goals.
Tochukwu Oluehi kept the Super Falcons in the game after saving a penalty kick from Deneisha Blackwood against the run of play in the first half.
The first half ended goalless as both teams failed to take their chances.
Deneisha Blackwood scored the only goal for the Reggae Girlz just after the restart.
Vivian Ikechukwu’s powerful left-foot strike hit the bar as the Super Falcons struggled to find their way back into the game.
Jamaica defended doggedly to earn a vital win.
The likes of Onyinyechi Zogg, Vivian Ikechukwu, Roosa Ariyo, and Oluwatosin Demehin made their debuts for the Super Falcons in the encounter.
This is Nigeria’s first loss since losing to Germany at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the second round.
Before the game against the Reggae Girlz they were on a 7-match unbeaten run which included games at the Turkish Women’s Cup which they won in February.
The Super Falcons will have a chance to recover from the loss against Portugal on Sunday before the final match against USA on June 17.
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