March 20, 2023



Ajibade leads Tremendous Falcons in opposition to Nadeshiko in Kobe


Ace ahead Rasheedat Ajibade will lead Nigeria’s senior ladies staff after they confront their Japanese counterparts in a prestigious worldwide pleasant match in Kobe on Thursday.

Common skipper Onome Ebi is barely simply recovering from an harm sustained on the Ladies Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco in July and Spain-based ahead Asisat Oshoala is just not in Kobe for this encounter.

The precocious Ajibade scored three of Nigeria’s targets in Morocco, together with the winner in opposition to Cameroon within the quarter-finals that certified the nine-time African champions to the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand subsequent 12 months.

First alternative goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie is accessible, alongside defenders Michelle Alozie, Osinachi Ohale, Ashleigh Plumptre and Glory Ogbonna, in addition to midfielders Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, Christy Ucheibe and Deborah Abiodun, and forwards Ifeoma Onumonu and Uchenna Kanu.

Additionally in Kobe are goalkeeper Peace Obidinma, defenders Jumoke Alani and Akudo Ogbonna, midfielders Peace Efih and Esther Onyenezide, and forwards Amanda Uju Mbadi and Flourish Sebastian.

Abiodun, Obidinma, Alani, Onyenezide and Sebastian had been within the Nigeria U20 squad on the FIFA U20 Ladies’s World Cup in Costa Rica in August.

The Tremendous Falcons, ever-present on the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup, tackle former world champions Japan on the Noevir Stadium, Kobe as from 4.30pm Japan time (8.30am Nigeria time) on Thursday.

Each groups have clashed solely as soon as at aggressive degree – on the 2004 Olympic Ladies’s Soccer Event. Nadeshiko pipped the Falcons 1-0 on the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on 14th August 2004. Two back-to-back friendlies in 2013 had been gained 2-0 every by Nadeshiko.

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Thursday’s match comes lower than a month after the Tremendous Falcons launched into a two-match tour of america of America, the place they performed the USWNT in Kansas Metropolis and Washington DC.