Super Falcons epic match against United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) on June 16 at the brand new Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas marked the first time the USA has ever faced Nigeria outside of a FIFA Women’s World Cup final and Olympic Games.
It was an embarrassing 7-1 scoreline as a 2nd minute late Ifeanyi Chiejine own goal was cancelled out by midfielder, Nkiru Okosieme in the 3rd minute but that goal angered Mia Hamm led USA to go goals crazy afterwards to score six more goals against goalkeeper Ann
For this reason, ardent followers of the Super Falcons had high hope that the June 16 friendly tie in Texas would be an opportunity for the reigning African champions to defeat or pick up a draw against the Americans, at least for once.
But Nigerians high expectations of the Falcons and their coach disappeared like early morning dews in Texas as Nigeria ended the Summer Series without a win. She lost 1-0 to lowly rated Jamaica, forced Portugal to 3-3 draw in the second game before losing two nil to USA in the last match.
But the most rewarding invitees are the African-Americans, Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash FC); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC); Ijeoma Esther Okoronkwo (Lamar State University) and Nicole Payne (West Virginia University) as well as Yewande Balogun, (former Maryland Terrapin goalkeeper).
No fewer than 13 former head coaches of Super Falcons, especially the four coaches who were fortunate to clash with Team USA in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final and Olympics, lost their matches.