By Simeon OSAJIE
Nigeria Super Falcon will on Monday 31st July, 2023 take on already-ousted Ireland in Brisbane to secure place for sixteen countries for second round of this year female world cup.
While Super Falcon need a point to advance to the next stage of the competition, victory guarantees the Super Falcons top of Group B standings. If that happens, that will be the first time for Nigeria who have played in all editions of the competition.
“That’s what all the girls are hoping for. Just get a win and make our fans proud. They came all the way over to support us.’
Monday’s match will be the first meeting between both sides. But Ireland had last June beaten Zambia in a friendly clash. They defeated the Copper Queens 3-2 in Dublin, their only win in the last seven matches.
Asides from Deborah Abiodun, who is still serving a suspension, Nigeria do not have injury challenges going into the clash. Asisat Oshoala, the scorer of the side’s third goal against the Maltidas, is expected to start the game having come from the bench on Thursday.
Nigeria’s opponent also have no injury scare as they aim to bow out on a high.
- A win for Nigeria would be their first-ever unbeaten run in the group stage of the competition.
- Ireland have not scored from open play in the tournament. They have just scored once through Katie McCabe
- Both sides have never played themselves
Time, Venue, For Ireland vs Nigeria World Cup Game
The game between Ireland and Nigeria at the 2023 Women’s World Cup is billed for Monday, July 31st. It will kick off by 11:00 am (WAT/Nigeria Time) and the venue is the Brisbane Stadium, Australia.