Chiamaka Nnadozie, the Super Falcons’ custodian, was named Player of the Match in their match against Canada in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The temporary captain of the Super Falcons’ excellent performance helped her team earn a goalless draw in Melbourne on Friday.
Nnadozie put on a five-star performance, capping it off by stopping a penalty kick made by Canada captain Christine Sinclair, 40.
The 22-year-old’s performance earned the Super Falcons a point in their third meeting with Olympic champions Canada at the senior Women’s World Cup.
The Falcons have yet to lost to Canada in three games. In three games, the Nigerian squad earned two draws and one win, all against Canada.
Despite the lack of opportunities or goals, the Group B contest at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium had several memorable moments.
Nnadozie, who saved a penalty kick one minute into the second half against nine-time African champions Nigeria and defending Olympic champions Canada, was one of the game’s bright spots.
Speaking to reporters in Australia after the game, the 22-year-old Paris FC goalkeeper said her save was more a product of self-belief than any studied grasp of Christine Sinclair’s penalty-taking skills.