- Chiamaka Nnadozie’s excellent saves secured 1-Zero win for Nigeria over Haiti
- Goalkeeper was key participant for her workforce
- “We fought till the very finish”
There’s a advantageous line between success and failure, and infrequently all it takes is one participant to make the distinction.
That a lot was evident because the Haiti gamers sank to the bottom, unable to disguise their disappointment, whereas on the opposite aspect of the pitch the Nigerians celebrated a victory that saved their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive.
They did so largely because of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, who saved Haiti at bay with a number of very good saves. Melchie Dumonay specifically won’t overlook Nnadozie any time quickly, having been denied on quite a lot of events.
“It was a really powerful sport,” the towering goalkeeper informed FIFA.com. “They have been sturdy, however we’re sturdy as properly. We performed based on our coaches’ directions and we did all we might. We fought till the tip, have been in a position to stand up to the strain and on the finish of the match we gained. I am so comfortable.”
And with good cause. Her excellent efficiency led to the FIFA Technical Examine Group (TSG) handing her the “Dare to Shine” Participant of the Match award on the remaining whistle, whereas her team-mates additionally confirmed her their appreciation.
“After the match everyone got here to me and so they have been very, very comfortable,” she mentioned. “It was so nice. They got here to me, hugged me and informed me how properly I did. They inspired me.”
That ought to give Nnadozie loads of confidence forward of Nigeria’s decisive match towards China PR. Given the Africans’ superior objective distinction a draw can be sufficient for them to succeed in the following spherical, however the goalkeeper, who dons her gloves for Rivers Angels in her homeland, is properly conscious it is going to be no straightforward job.
“We’ve the identical quantity of factors as China, so it’ll be a troublesome match,” she mentioned. “It is the ultimate match within the group stage, so we now have to strive our greatest and provides all the things we now have. That is the ultimate combat.”
Will probably be intriguing to see simply who Nnadozie may cease this time.