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Falcons, Canada Play Blame Game After Clash

Oladipo Okubanjo

Apparently unwilling to accept the challenge of poor marksmanship inherent in their respective teams, Nigeria’s women national soccer team coach, Edwin Okon, and his Canadian counterpart, John Herdman, chose to find excuses after Monday night’s barren draw in Toronto.

Canada, hosts of next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Nigeria’s Super Falcons, used the match to assess the readiness of their teams for the competition, which kicks of on June 5.

While Okon, whose team were playing their first Grade A friendly since the start of preparation, admitted the lackluster performance of his players in front of goal but blame the match outcome on “windy condition”, Herdman, who reportedly called the game a “good learning experience”, sneered at the Falcons’ physical approach o the game.

Both teams started the game by sizing up each other but it took the Super Falcons about eight minutes to settle into the game.

The girls played a more coordinated style but were not able to score as strikers Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala came close in the 23rd and 30th minute respectively, but could not find the back of the net.

The Falcons, it was learnt, continued their dominance in the second half but still failed to break the deadlock and the game ended 0-0.

“Talking about this match, the wind was against us as we missed so many scoring chances,” Okon said. “They (Canada) didn’t have as much scoring chances as we did, but then it’s good for us because we used it to assess and test our players.”

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