The Super Falcons of Nigeria have suffered their fifth straight defeat after falling to their Japanese counterparts in a friendly match at the Noevir Stadium courtesy of two second-half goals from Mina Tanaka.
The match was part of Nigeria’s preparations for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in Australia and New-Zealand. In September, Randy Waldrum’s side stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against the United States of America.
The game with Japan was the third encounter between both sides after two previous encounters. The first was in Athens 2004 Olympics and the other was an international friendly. The first half ended goalless, before Japan registered two quick goals in the 64th and 66th minutes through Mina Tanaka.
Nigeria scarcely registered a shot on goal in the encounter against the former world champions. The Nigerian female team were also out-possessed and dwarfed in almost all ramifications.
Asisat Oshoala, the current African Women’s Player of the Year, was noticeably missing from the falcons’ starting lineup; because she did not travel with the group to Kobe.
Her absence was not explained, but on Wednesday, she was seen training with the Spanish team, Barcelona.