Coach of the Nigeria senior women’s national team, Edwin Okon, was left ruing missed chances as his charges, despite a resolute showing against the highly rated USA, failed to advance beyond the group stages of the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The Super Falcons suffered their fourth straight defeat against the USWNT at the B Place stadium, Vancouver in their final Group D match of the ongoing tournament on Wednesday morning.
Abby Wambach volleyed home from close range from a well taken corner right before half-time- the veteran American’s 14th goal at the soccer showpiece.
Asisat Oshoala had the Falcons’ best chance of the game on 24 minutes but was denied by Julie Johnstone’s outstretched foot.
The African champions finished the match with ten women after Sarah Nnodim received a second booking.
Precious Dede denied Rapinoe twice and then floundered Alex Morgan’s effort in the 80th minute to keep Nigeria in the game.
“USA made the most of one of their chances and we didn’t, even though we had several,” Okon said.
“We weren’t focused enough in a few situations today. I wasn’t surprised to see USA make substitutions that were more defensive after our sending off as they knew we were playing a good team. You always have 50-50 chance in every game.
“It was a great experience for us in Canada.”
Nigeria have now conceded a total of 14 goals against the USWNT and have only managed one goal in all four of their meetings.
The Americans finished top of Group D with seven points, followed by Australia with five points, Sweden with three and Nigeria just one.
Nigeria was the first side from the continent to reach the quarter-final of the women’s World Cup in its previous 16-team format.