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Dear Girl Child, Dreams Do Come True’ – Nnadozie Says After Heroic Display Against Canada


Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was the unlikely hero as Nigeria’s Super Falcons played out an impressive goalless draw with Olympic champions Canada in their Group B opener in the early hours of Friday.

The Paris FC goalkeeper’s second-half penalty save earned a massive point for Nigeria which may be crucial for the Falcons later on in the group comprising Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

The nervousness of the Nigerian ladies saw them caged in their half by the Canadians in the opening minutes of the game, but the Falcons managed to keep their opponents at bay.

Nigeria’s goalkeeper #16 Chiamaka Nnadozie saves a penalty kick by Canada’s forward #12 Christine Sinclair during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup Group B football match between Nigeria and Canada at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, also known as AAMI Park, in Melbourne on July 21, 2023. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Nigeria’s first shot on target came in the 22nd minute when the Falcons had acclimatized themselves with the flow of the game, Ifeoma Onumonu’s shot forced a save from goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.

Three minutes after the break, the Canadians were awarded a penalty after a VAR review following a foul by Francisca Ordega on Sinclair Christine, the team’s most capped player.

Meanwhile, Sinclair took the penalty and was saved by Nnadozie to keep Nigeria in the game. Another crucial save from the goalkeeper came in the 66th minute when she comfortably caught an effort by Evelyne Viens.

The goalkeeper’s performance in the game earned her ‘Player of the Match’ award and afterwards went inspirational on her social media page, where she wrote: “Dear Girl Child, dreams do come true”

Nigeria finished the game with 10 players after debutant Deborah Abiodun was shown a straight red card in the eighth minute of added time after a foul on Ashley Lawrence.

Nigeria will next play Group B toppers Australia at the Brisbane Stadium. Australia defeated Republic of Ireland 1-0 in the other Group B game.


Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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