The nine-time African champions have beaten Icelandic first division club, UMF Selfoss 6-1 last Friday ahead of their preparation for FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Super Falcons escaped conceding a goal in the 9th minute after Beckie failed to connect with Prince’s powerful cross which would have given the Canadians the lead.
Nigeria had a glorious chance to score in the 23rd minute through Rita Chikwelu, but her shot as saved by Canadian goalkeeper McLeod.
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) April 8, 2019
Guingamp striker Desire Oparanozie gave Nigeria the lead in the 26th minute after receiving an excellent pass from Uchenna Kanu and dribbled a defender before scoring. The Canadian ladies tried all they could to restore parity before the end of first half, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
Canada changed their style of play in the second half, and it took them only three minutes to leveled up through Beckie Janine.
And five minutes later, Canada scored their second goal via a superb header by Schmidt as Nigeria goalie Oluehi failed to make a save.
In the 61st minute, Ngozi Ebere sets up Uchenna Kanu, but her effort was easily saved by Canadian goalie McLedo.
🗓️ | Nigeria's @FIFAWWC preparations will continue at the 2019 WAFU Zone B Women's Cup
▶️ Held from 8-18 May in Abidjan
▶️ 8 participating nations
▶️ Group A: Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Senegal, Benin Republic
▶️ Group B: Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Guinea#SoarSuperFalcons #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/SKreVSIreN
— Ann Odong, FIFA (@FIFAWWC_NGA) April 8, 2019
The encounter eventually ended 2-1 in favor of Canada as Super Falcons bowed narrowly to the world no. 5 who are now unbeaten in six games.