Super Falcons to play world champions USWNT in September friendlies

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will test themselves against the best in the world when they face the United States of America in September.

The Nigeria Football Federation announced today that the nine-time African champions will fly to the USA for a two-match tour against world champions the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) in two months’ time.

Both teams, currently competing in their respective continental tournaments, are due to clash at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas on September 3 and again at the Audi Field in Washington, DC on September 6.

The USWNT are the most successful team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, having won four of all eight titles competed for so far.

They claimed the inaugural edition of the Women’s World Cup in China in 1991, and then won the trophy on home soil in 1999, as well as in Canada in 2015 and in France three years ago. The team also won four Olympic women’s football gold medals and eight CONCACAF titles.

The Super Falcons, billed to face Cameroon in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Morocco 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations tomorrow in Casablanca, have won the African title nine times, played in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and also featured at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic women’s football tournaments.

The Children’s Mercy Park is home to Kansas City in the US National Women’s Soccer League and Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer, while Audi Field hosts NWSL side Washington Spirit and MLS team, DC United.

The match in Kansas City excites Vlatko Andonovski, appointed head coach of USWNT at the end of 2019, and he is looking forward to the test.

“First, I’m just excited to play two matches against Nigeria,” Andonovski said.

“They have some very talented players who will present a lot of different problems for us to solve on both sides of the ball.

“Secondly, of course we’re looking forward to bringing the team back to one of the best soccer stadiums in the United States in Kansas City, as well as getting to play our first game at Audi Field, which I’ve visited several times for NWSL games and is also a fantastic venue for our team to play in front of our home fans.”

The USWNT have already qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, becoming the 12th team to reach the finals and the first team from the CONCACAF region.

The Super Falcons, coached by American Randy Waldrum, will join the USWNT at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand if they beat Cameroon in the WAFCON quarter-finals tomorrow.

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