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Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper Expresses Astonishment Over Falcons’ Spectacular Victory

A Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper Commends Super Falcons’ Victory Over Australia at Women’s World Cup

A former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Idah Peterside, has praised the Nigerian women’s national football team, the Super Falcons, for their stunning victory over Australia in the Women’s World Cup on Thursday. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Peterside expressed his joy and excitement over the team’s performance, stating that it was a pleasant surprise for Nigerian football fans.

“We are all excited and the beauty of the victory of yesterday is that it’s been a long time, whether the female team or the male team that Nigerians have been excited like this. We have always been used to this kind of joy and happiness and we have not seen that in a long time, but yesterday was something unbelievable.”

“It all reminded us of the 1994 Super Eagles; it reminded us of years back when we used to get so excited about this game.”

“And again, kudos to these girls, no one ever believed at the beginning of the game, I was expecting that we will lose 4-0, 3-0, we were just praying that the goals will be very few, but they shocked us, we are so excited that hope has come back to Nigerian football,” Peterside said.

The Super Falcons made a remarkable comeback, coming from a goal down to secure a sensational 3-2 victory over Australia in a Group B game at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. This triumph has elevated the team to the top of their group with 4 points.

It was Emily Van Egmund who initially gave the Matildas an advantage with a goal in added time, benefitting from a poor clearance from the Nigerian defense. However, the Super Falcons swiftly responded and equalized moments later. Rasheedat Ajibade played a crucial role in setting up Uchenna Kanu, who successfully found the back of the net.

The first half concluded with the scoreline level, and while the Australians were eager to secure another goal, it was the Super Falcons who seized the opportunity. Osinachi Ohale capitalized on the Australian goalkeeper’s failure to clear Ajibade’s header, heading the ball into an empty net in the 65th minute.

Before Ohale’s goal, the Nigerian coach made a tactical substitution, introducing Ifeoma Onumonu for Uchenna Kanu, and later bringing in Asisat Oshoala in place of Esther Okoronkwo. Within just ten minutes of her appearance, Oshoala proved her doubters wrong by taking advantage of a defensive mix-up and scoring her first goal of the tournament.

Despite facing a two-goal deficit, the Matildas continued to press forward in an attempt to turn the game around. Nevertheless, Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie stood firm and prevented the Australians from finding the back of the net.

With only a minute of added time remaining, the home team managed to secure a consolation goal courtesy of Alanna Kennedy.

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