By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons of Nigeria made their second consecutive appearance at the second edition of FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. The 1995 edition of the tournament saw Nigeria drawn in Group B alongside Norway, England and Canada as they earned their first point as well as scoring their first goal at the World Cup during the tournament.
Norway 8-0 Nigeria
Nigeria suffered their worst World Cup defeat in the hands of eventual champions, Norway in their opening Group B game. Goals from Sandberg (hatrick), Riise,
Aarønes (brace), Medalen and Svensson gifted Nigeria her worst defeat at the global stage.
6 June 1995
Norway 8–0 Nigeria
Sandberg, Riise, Aarønes, Medalen, Svensson
Referee: Alain Hamer ( Luxembourg )
Nigeria 3-3 Canada
Super Falcons scored their first goal and also earned their first point in their second group B match against Canada.
Burtini and Donelly gave Canada a 2-0 lead, but Rita Nwadike scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal in the 26th minute. Burtini scored her second goal of the game to restore Canada’s two (2) goal leads in the second half. Patience Avre started Nigeria’s fight back with a goal in the 60th minute before Adaku Okoroafor scored in the 77th minute to complete Nigeria’s fight back.
8 June 1995
Nigeria 3–3 Canada
Nwadike, Avre, Okoroafor/Burtini, Donnelly Olympia, Helsingborg
Referee: Pirom Un-prasert (Thailand)
Nigeria 2-3 England
Nigeria’s final Group B match was also a high scoring game as Nigeria succumbed to 2-3 loss to England. Farley scored the first goal for England followed by Adaku Okoroafor’s equaliser in the 13th minute. Two (2) more goals from Walker and Farley gave England a 2 goal half time lead. Rita Nwadike’s 74th minute goal was mere consolation for Nigeria as they bowed out of the World Cup for the second straight tournament.
10 June 1995
Nigeria 2–3 England
Okoroafor, Nwadike/Farley, Walker
Tingvalla IP , Karlstad
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson ( Sweden )
Sweden 1995 World Cup was an improvement for Nigeria with five (5) goals scored but fourteen (14) goals conceded. Not an impressive defensive record but scoring 5 goals and sharing the spoils with Canada will serve as solace for the African representative.
Super Falcons Team List to Sweden 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup
1 Ann CHIEJINE Goalkeeper 2 February 1974
2 Florence OMAGBEMI Defender
3 Ngozi EZEOCHA Defender 10 December 1973
4 Adaku OKOROAFOR Forward 18 November 1974
5 Omo-Love BRANCH Defender 1 October 1974
6 Yinka KUDAISI Midfielder 25 August 1975
7 Nkechi MBILITAM Midfielder 4 May 1974
8 Rita NWADIKE Midfielder 3 November 1974
9 Ngozi UCHE Forward 18 June 1973
10 Mavis OGUN Defender 24 August 1973
11 Prisca EMEAFU Defender 30 March 1972
12 Mercy AKIDE Midfielder 26 August 1975
13 Nkiru OKOSIEME Midfielder 1 March 1972
14 Phoebe EBIMIEKUMO Defender 17 January 1974
15 Maureen MMADU Forward7 May 1975
16 Ugochi OPARA Defender 27 May 1976
17 Louisa AKPAGU Goalkeeper 22 December 1974
18 Patience AVRE Midfielder 10 June 1976
19 Diana NWAIWU Goalkeeper 10 October 1973
20 Ann MUKORO Midfielder 27 May 1975
HAMILTON Paul (NGA) Coach 31 August 1941.
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