Former women’s World Cup champions Japan maintained their superiority over the Super Falcons of Nigeria with a 2-0 win in Thursday’s international friendly game in Kobe, Completesports.com reports.
It is now third consecutive wins for Japan over the Super Falcons in their four meetings.
Also, the Falcons have now lost their last five games. The last time they won a match was in the quarter-finals of this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in July.
Among notable Falcons players in action against Japan were Ifeoma Onumonu, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Rasheedat Ajibade, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Uchenna Kanu, Michelle Alozie, Ashleigh Plumptre and Christy Ucheibe.
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Also in action were former Falconets stars like Flourish Sabastine, Esther Onyenezide, Deborah Abiodun and Jumoke Alani.
After a goalless first half, Japan scored two quick goals thanks to a brace from Mina Tanaka.
The deadlock was broken in the 64th minute after Tanaka brought down a floated set piece with her chest before slotting past Nnadozie.
And in the 68th minute Tanaka got her second as she converted from the penalty spot, after Ohale brought down a Japanese player who was through on goal.
Both Falcons and Japan will feature at next year’s FIFA women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
By James Agberebi