Super Falcons lost their second group match 2-0 against Australia, making it the first time they are tasting defeat since lifting the African Women Championship (AWC) trophy last October.
The match started on a fast tempo with Falcons dominating in the first 15 minutes but they could not turn dominance into goals as Australia got their opener in the 29th minute through Kyat Simon. The same player scored again in the 68th to seal the win for the Aussies.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, coach Edwin Okon congratulated Australia for their win but questioned the officiating of the referee.
“It is a good match and we give kudos to Australia. But I am not happy with the officiating. We know that in football two or three minutes can give you goals so the referee did not do well by stopping the match abruptly.
“We have to go back to the drawing board because we must qualify for the next round. We are not scared of the USA, we will give our all in that match,” Okon said.
Meanwhile, Super Falcons will depart Winnipeg Saturday morning on a two-hour flight to their next venue, Vancouver, where the last group game against the United States of America will come up on Tuesday.