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Canada coach, scorer ‘frustrated’, ‘disappointed’ after draw with Super Falcons

CANADA’s coach and players were obviously not satisfied that they could not record a second victory over the Super Falcons on Monday night (Tuesday morning in Nigeria).

The Olympic champions, who had won the first match of the double-header 2-0, had to come from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw against the African champions on Tuesday.

Canada head coach Bev Priestman praised his side’s resilience but could not hide his frustration with the result.

“We’re frustrated with the result,” he confessed during his post-match interview.

“But we won an Olympic Games on not losing games and we showed our resilience again to score that goal at the end. The fans here in Victoria have been incredible.”

The Super Falcons, who are using the friendly matches to prepare for the defence of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title, bounced back from Friday’s defeat in style.

Ifeoma Onumonu got them off to a great start with a fifth minute opener before veteran Christine Sinclair equalised for the hosts early in the second half.

Rasheedat Ajibade shot the Nigerian side ahead again shortly after the first equaliser, but Canada scored three minutes from time to prevent a huge upset.

Shelina Zadorsky, who scored the late face-saving leveller, was not happy her side conceded goals to the Africans.

“As a defender, I’m disappointed we didn’t get a clean sheet but we kept fighting right until the very end,” the Tottenham Hotspur star said.

“I’ve been trying to be an absolute threat on set pieces. It felt great to get us back in the game.”

While Canada are sixth in the women’s FIFA ranking, Nigeria are a lowly 39th, which would explain the Olympic champions’ frustration.

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