From the incredible Chiamaka Nnadozie to the clumsy Francesca Ordega, see the Super Falcons player ratings against Canada
The Super Falcons of Nigeria opened their World Cup campaign against reigning Olympic champions Canada with a hard-fought 0-0 draw with inspired defensive performances from a number of players, while offensive players were mostly disappointing.
Here are the player ratings for the Super Falcons’ players in the match against Canada, ranking from best to worst.
Chiamaka Nnadozie — 9
A world-class display from Chiamaka Nnadozie, who was easily the best player on the pitch and one of the main reasons for Nigeria surviving the encounter with a point, after making a save from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Christy Ucheibe — 8
A superb display in midfield from Ucheibe, who covered the Super Falcons’ defense with a number of recoveries and tackles.
Acting as a shield for the pair of Osinachi Ohale and Blessing Demehin, Ucheibe was at the forefront of the Super Falcons’ defensive efforts, ensuring the centre-backs were not overworked despite Canada’s obvious strengths.
Ashleigh Plumptre — 7.5
Three tackles, one interception and two clearances from Plumptre without getting dribbled once in the entire game.
The full-back’s defensive solidity effectively shut down Canada’s attacks from the right side, forcing them to play mostly through the left side, where they had more joy with Michelle Alozie.
Osinachi Ohale — 6
One of two centre-backs who hardly put a foot wrong throughout the game and was important in helping the super falcons record a clean sheet against a highly fancied Canada side.
Blessing Demehin — 6
She was solid when called upon and was superb in repelling a late Canadian counterattack to keep her side in the game. They paired well with Ohale in defence, and their collaboration showed promise for future games.
Deborah Abiodun — 6
Had a brilliant game pairing with Ucheibe in defensive midfield and stifled Canada’s creativity but was unfortunate to get sent off late in the game following a rash challenge that was spotted by VAR.
Ifeoma Onumonu — 5
Unable to truly affect the match going forward at left wing despite firing off the most shots for the Super Falcons on the day.
She was, however, solid defensively, tracking back to help out when needed.
Toni Payne — 5
An otherwise unspectacular display from Payne, who failed to get her creative juices flowing, leaving Asisat Oshoala isolated upfront for most parts of the game, while also failing to create an effective link between the (defensive) midfield and attack.
Asisat Oshoala — 5
Isolated upfront for the most part, Oshoala lacked the service she has gotten used to playing with a supremely creative Barcelona side and suffered the effects of Nigeria being unable to carve out good opportunities.
She will, however, have some egg on her face after missing the best chance of the game, failing to convert from point-blank range.
Francisca Ordega — 4
An uninspired display from Ordega who almost cost the Super Falcons the game after bringing down Canada’s Sinclair in the box.
She, like Onumonu was also largely ineffective on the wing as the Super Falcons struggled to fashion many chances during the game.
Michelle Alozie — 4
Uchenna Kanu — 5
She provided a spark with her pace after replacing Ordega but was quiet after nearly giving the Super Falcons the lead with one of her first touches in the match.
Not enough time to affect the game after coming on in the 85th minute.
Not enough time to affect the game after coming on in the 91st minute.