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Super Falcons to face USA, two others at Summer Series Invitational

THE Super Falcons will take part in a four-nation tournament in the United States of America in June, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed.

The African champions will be participating at the 2021 edition of the WNT Summer Series Invitational along with hosts United States of America, Portugal and Jamaica in Texas.

The BBVA Stadium in Houston and the brand-new Q2 Stadium in Austin built by the newest Major League Soccer franchise Austin FC will host the matches of the tournament.

The fixture between Nigeria’s Super Falcons and the US women’s national team will be the first-ever football match at the state-of-the-art Q2.

The tournament will be held from 10 June to 16 June, with the Super Falcons facing Jamaica in Houston on 10 June in their first game.

The nine-time African champions will take on Portugal three days later at the same BBVA Stadium before battling world champions USA at the Q2 Stadium on 16 June.
Current Super Falcons head coach American Randy Waldrum will hope for more success on his home soil after leading the team to three wins out of three in the Turkish Women’s Invitational Tournament in Antalya in February.

All four teams billed for the Summer Series are accomplished on their own ways, with the USA and Nigeria winning multiple global and continental titles, Portugal rising among Europe’s elite, and Jamaica qualifying for their first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.

The match against Nigeria will mark the first time the USA has ever faced the Super Falcons outside of a world championship and it will be just the third-ever friendly against an African country, with the previous two coming against South Africa.

Due to Covid-19, all the players and team staffs will operate inside highly controlled environments at the host hotels once they arrive in the host cities.

Also, everyone entering the controlled environment will be tested for Covid-19 before travelling, upon arrival and periodically thereafter. The teams will not begin full team training until the results of all arrival tests are confirmed.

“In these Covid times, we’re grateful that U.S. Soccer has been able to organise a schedule of games for us to prepare for the Olympics and getting these three during the Summer Series against teams we don’t play very often will be important in helping us make the final decisions on the Olympic Team,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski said.

Waldrum said: “The Summer Series is an interesting event and the teams featuring are of very high quality. It is a great prospect for us as we continue to build ahead of the qualifying games for next year’s Women Africa Cup of Nations.”

The Confederation of African Football will hold the draw for next year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo next Monday.

Nigeria and the USA have met five times, with four coming at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and one in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Both teams last met at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015, and the USA won 1-0.

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