Nigeria’s Super Falcons emerged victorious in an international friendly against Haiti’s senior women’s national team on Friday. The match, held in Antalya, Turkey, saw Nigeria score two goals, one in each half, to secure the win.
Asisat Oshoala, who returned to the team, had her tap-in goal disallowed in the 22nd minute, while Rasheedat Ajibade missed her shot by a whisker. However, Esther Okoronkwo stunned the Haitian defense with a free-kick from the right that slipped past the goalkeeper in the 40th minute to put Nigeria in the lead.
Despite Haiti’s efforts to fight back in the second half, Nigeria’s goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and defenders Tosin Demehin and Onome Ebi kept them at bay. Oshoala then doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 58th minute with a close-range finish, marking her first goal for the team since scoring in a Turkish Women’s Tournament two years ago.
Haiti managed to pull one back in the 75th minute thanks to a defensive mix-up, but the Super Falcons held on to secure the win. This victory follows their defeat of World Cup-bound Costa Rica in Mexico in February and sets them up for their next match against World Cup co-hosts New Zealand in Antalya on Tuesday.