Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Super Falcons fall to North Korea

The Shenyang Olympic Sports Centre
Nigeria were outplayed at the Shenyang Olympic Sports Centre

A disappointing performance from Nigeria saw them beaten 1-0 by North Korea in their opening game in Group F of the Olympic women's football tournament.

Kim Kyong Hwa scored with a powerful shot inside the penalty area in the 27th minute of a game that North Korea dominated in Shenyang.

North Korea captain Ri Kum Suk put a penalty wide in the 43rd minute, while Ifeanyi Chiejine failed to connect with a cross in second half stoppage-time, an opportunity that could have given Nigeria a point.

With games coming up against Germany and Brazil, who were winners and runners-up respectively at last year's World Cup, Nigeria's chances of getting out of the group seem slim.

Germany and Brazil drew 0-0 in the other game in the group on Wednesday.

Nigeria line-up:
Precious Dede, Efioanwan Ekpo, Perpetua Nkwocha, Stella Mbachu (Sarah Michael 62), Ifeanyi Chiejine, Rita Chikwelu, Lilian Cole (Onome Ebi 46), Cynthia Uwak, Christie George (capt), Faith Ikidi, Ulumma Jerome. Subs Not Used: Tochukwu Oluehi, Ayisat Yusuf, Kikelomo Ajayi, Tawa Ishola, Edith Eduviere.

BBC News

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