Chiamaka Nnadozie, Super Falcons goalkeeper and captain said her determination to get her revenge against Canadian Christine Sinclair made her stop her penalty kick in the 2023 Female World Cup opening match of Nigeria against Canada early Friday morning in Melbourne, Australia.
The 22-year-old Paris FC stopper, who was named player of the match, described the save as a dream come true inspired by her determination to right a previous mistake.
She said when she saw that Sinclair was to take the penalty she became determined to stop the kick as the Canadian had earlier scored against her.
“It was a great thing today that we were able to at least get something and it was a dream come true for me.
“When she took the ball, I was like, ‘Okay, it’s Sinclair again’, because the last time we played against them, she scored against me.
“I was very angry, and I told myself, this is the opportunity to make things right,” Nnadozie said.
The penalty save by Nnadozie also prevented the 40-year-old Canada skipper Sinclair from becoming the first player to score at six World Cups.
Her superlative performance in the match earned her the Player of the Match Award as the Super Falcons forced Canada to a 0-0 draw.