FIFA WWC: Chiamaka Nnadozie Makes History as Falcons Cruise to Round 16

Chiamaka Nnadozie makes World Cup history

Chiamaka Nnadozie, the captain of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, made history on Monday afternoon by becoming the first African woman goalkeeper to achieve two clean sheets in a single FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament.Chiamaka Nnadozie of Super Falcons makes World Cup history

It all started off with her outstanding performance in the opening game, where she saved a crucial penalty against Canada to help the Falcons avoid defeat.

With this recent clean sheet against Republic of Ireland, Chiamaka Nnadozie now has a total of three clean sheets in six FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances for the Nigerian team.

Despite a tough match against the Republic of Ireland, the Super Falcons secured their spot in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16, thanks to their exceptional goalie, Chiamaka Nnadozie.

The match against Ireland resulted in a goal-less draw at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

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The Super Falcons finished second in Group B with 5 points, just behind co-hosts Australia, who topped the group with 6 points after defeating Canada, the Olympic football champions, 4-0.

During the game, the Super Falcons faced challenges in the first half, with the Republic of Ireland dominating possession with a 65 to 35 percent ball possession ratio.

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The Irish women’s team managed 262 passes with 88 percent accuracy, while the Super Falcons completed 123 passes with 88 percent accuracy in the first half.

However, the match dynamics changed in the second half when Super Falcons Coach Randy Waldrum made crucial substitutions, bringing in Uchenna Kanu for Gift Monday and Asisat Oshoala for Ifeoma Onumonu.

As a result, the Irish team’s possession dropped to 60 percent.

The Super Falcons showed improvement in the second half, increasing their shots on target from 3 to 11, compared to 5 for Northern Ireland.

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The Nigerian senior female team also enjoyed a numerical advantage in corner kicks, having 3 compared to the Irish women’s team’s 2.Chiamaka Nnadozie makes World Cup history

Throughout the 90-minute duration of the game, both teams’ goalkeepers made crucial saves, ensuring that the match ended in a goal-less draw.

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