In their debut World Cup appearance, The Republic of Ireland concluded with a goalless 0-0 draw against Nigeria’s super falcons, who advanced to the last-16 and now have a chance to meet England in the next round.
Moreover, Australia’s victory over Canada in another match resulted in the unexpected qualification of the Super Falcons, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, who secured the second-place spot at the expense of the reigning Olympic champions.
After suffering defeats at the hands of Australia and Canada, the Irish team had already been eliminated from the World Cup. However, they managed to salvage a point in their last match of the tournament, marking their first-ever point earned at a World Cup event.
In a subdued match held in Brisbane, the Nigerians had the best opportunity to break the deadlock when Courtney Brosnan made an impressive save, pushing Uchenna Kanu’s header onto the crossbar.
Nigeria’s next challenge awaits them in Brisbane, where they will face the winners of Group D. If England manages to secure a draw or victory against China on Tuesday, they could be the potential opponents for Nigeria in the next stage.
Onome Ebi made history
On Monday afternoon, Super Falcons captain, Onome Ebi, etched her name in the history books as the first African player, male or female, to participate in six FIFA World Cups. She achieved this remarkable feat during the side’s 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland.
At 40 years of age, Ebi replaced Oluwatosin Demehin in the 84th minute of the match, solidifying her place as a trailblazing figure in African football. Ebi made her World Cup debut in 2023, adding to her impressive appearances in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Prior to this, she featured in the 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 editions, showcasing her consistent presence in the tournament over the years.
Additionally, the talented defender was a valuable member of the team during the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing. Her extensive international experience highlights her significant contributions to women’s football.
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