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‘Bring on Australia’: Super Falcons dare FIFAWWC co-hosts after Canada draw

THE Super Falcons are already looking forward to facing co-hosts Australia after an impressive draw against Canada in their opening fixture of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The nine-time African champions survived a Christine Sinclair penalty, which Chiamaka Nnadozie saved, and a red card to midfielder Deborah Abiodun to pull off a 0-0 draw against the Olympic champions in Melbourne in their first Group B match yesterday.

Randy Waldrum’s side will battle Australia in their second group fixture on Thursday in Brisbane, and they are eager for the showdown against the Matildas, who edged out Republic of Ireland 1-0 to open the group.

“We are in very high spirits, I can tell you,” team captain Onome Ebi told thenff.com on the team’s return to their base camp I Brisbane.

“It is the day after that massive point and we are already looking forward to our second match. The Aussies will not be easy, but we knew before arriving in Australia that no team at this tournament will be easy.”

The Super Falcons were defensively solid against Canada, but one of the stars that made up that rearguard unit, Osinachi Ohale, is not getting carried away.

“It is a tournament and we have decided to take it one game at a time. We have to go back and correct certain lapses, like how to convert our opportunities. We cannot afford to miss good chances any longer,” Ohale said at the mixed zone in Melbourne.

Nigeria will square up to the Aussies at the Lang Park Stadium on Thursday (from 11am Nigeria time) with the arena expected to be filled to its 52,000 capacity.

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