Tremendous Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has earned reward from the African Soccer Confederation and her teammates after she was named participant of the match for her excellent efficiency towards Canada of their 2023 FIFA Girls’s World Cup opener on the Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne on Friday.
The 22-year-old ensured her dwelling nation of Nigeria secured a worthwhile level towards Olympic champions Canada after saving Christine Sinclair’s penalty kick early within the second half to make sure the match ended 0-0.
The spotlight was Nnaodzie’s saving of Sinclair’s penalty, however he was excellent all through the sport, usually intercepting passes into the field earlier than they could possibly be transformed into photographs.
Praising the goalkeeper for her show of confidence, CAF wrote on its girls’s soccer Twitter account: “The savior of the Tremendous Falcons! Chiamaka Nnadozie excelled in her nation’s first World Cup match with a saved penalty, a clear sheet and a Man of the Match award!
Waldrum praised her goalkeeper throughout her post-match interview, calling her among the finest on the earth.
“Chiamaka has performed this earlier than and I’ll say it and embarrass her in entrance of all of you, however I believe she is without doubt one of the greatest younger goalkeepers on the earth proper now,” Waldrum stated.
19-year-old midfielder Abiodun Deborah, despatched off in added time of the tie, thanked Nnadozie for saving the workforce from defeat.
“Thanks. God bless you at all times Secure palms,” he wrote.
Defender Onome Ebi additionally wrote: “Chiamaka Nnadozie deservedly wins the person of the match award. There are not any surprises.”
Nnadozie might be hoping to assist the Falcons beat co-hosts Australia of their second Pool B recreation on Thursday, July 27.