The Reggae Girlz pipped the West African giants to victory, due to a second-half strike on the BBVA Stadium
Deneisha Blackwood scored the one purpose as Jamaica defeated Nigeria 1-0 within the opening match of the Summer season Collection that kicked off in Texas on Thursday.
The Tremendous Falcons began the encounter on a promising be aware however they did not convert their possibilities within the opening 45 minutes as each groups went into the break levelled.
Simply earlier than the half-hour mark, Jamaica had a possibility to go forward by means of a penalty, however goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi was composed in between the sticks to parry Blackwood’s strike.
Randy Waldrum’s aspect finally paid for his or her lacklustre attacking play after Blackwood made up for her missed penalty and broke the impasse on the BBVA Stadium within the 51st minute, courtesy of an help from Jody Brown.
After discovering themselves behind, Waldrum immediately made some modifications with Ifeoma Onumonu, Nicole Payne and Amarachi Okoronkwo thrown into the fray however they did not beat the Reggae Girlz’ defence.
The Jamaicans had been strong in defence with essential blocks to cease the Tremendous Falcons from grabbing an equaliser.
Nigeria’s brightest likelihood within the second-half got here when Vivian Ikechukwu powered in a left-footed shot from outdoors the penalty space however she was denied by the bar.
They went into Thursday’s conflict in Texas with out key gamers particularly Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala, centre-back Onome Ebi goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie whereas 5 gamers together with Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Osinachi Ohale and Uchenna Kanu withdrew earlier this week.
Within the absence of Oshoala, Levante ahead Francisca Ordega wore the captain’s armband whereas Switzerland-based defender Onyinyechi Zogg, Rivers Angels winger Vivian Ikechukwu, Finland-born striker Roosa Ariyo and Sunshine FC defender Oluwatosin Dimehin made their beginning debuts for the Tremendous Falcons.
The defeat was the primary time Nigeria misplaced a sport since their 2019 Fifa Girls’s World Cup exit in opposition to Germany within the Spherical of 16.
Previous to Thursday’s outcome, that they had performed seven matches with out shedding, which embody video games at their profitable Turkish Girls’s Cup outing in Antalya earlier this 12 months.
Waldrum’s women will hope to bounce again to profitable methods once they battle Portugal on the BBVA Stadium on Sunday – 11.15pm (Nigerian time) earlier than they tackle host nation United States of America within the last match of the four-nation competitors on June 17 on the Q2 Stadium.