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Nigeria invitee Roosa Ariyo fires Jamaica, Portugal & USA warning with TiPS goal

Nigeria invite Roosa Ariyo has sent Jamaica, Portugal and USA a strong warning ahead of this week’s US Summer Series with her goal as TiPS thrashed JyPK 5-1 in the Finnish topflight contest on Sunday.

With two consecutive wins over Honka and HPS, the Finnish side continued their ruthless form at Tikkurila Sports Park as Ariyo’s superb presence led them to a third win in a row.

Elli-Noora Kainulainen opened the scoring for the hosts with her strike seven minutes into the encounter before captain Ariyo doubled the lead with a fine finish in the 23rd minute.

However, JyPK pushed for a comeback and eventually found a breakthrough, pulling one back courtesy of Emmi Lahtela’s strike before the half time break.

After the restart, Tia Halinen increased the tally to three in the 66th minute and added the fourth and fifth of her side with her second and third before the 71st minute of the game.

The 26-year-old is expected to join the rest of the Super Falcons squad on Monday as the nine-time African champions tackle Portugal, Jamaica and USA in the four-nation tournament.

Ariyo, who has been in fine form, scoring eighth in eight games was born in Finland to a Nigerian father and Finnish mother and is eligible to play for the West African nation.

The Super Falcons will begin the invitational tournament against Jamaica at BBVA Stadium in Houston on 10 June, followed by a meeting with Portugal three days later at the same venue.

Before traveling to Austin’s Q2 stadium to face four-time World and Olympics champions USA at the home of new Major League Soccer club, Austin FC, on 16 June.