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FIFAWWC: Okonjo-Iweala praises Super Falcons, backs team to beat Australia

THE Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has hailed the Super Falcons for their performance against Canada at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and backed them to beat Australia.

The nine-time African champions secured a creditable 0-0 draw with Olympic champions Canada in their opening Group B clash on Thursday despite giving away a penalty, which goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie saved, and losing Deborah Abiodun to a red card.

The Nigerian ladies will face co-hosts Australia on Thursday before rounding off their group fixtures on July 31 against Republic of Ireland.

“Hello Super Falcons! Congratulations on an incredible effort in your draw with Canada,” Okonjo-Iweala, who was Nigeria’s Minister of Finance from 2011 to 2015, tweeted to her 2.2 million Twitter followers yesterday.

“Wishing you the best in the upcoming Australia match up!!!”

The Super Falcons are the lowest ranked team in their group at 40th in the world but they gave as good as they got against Canada, ranked seventh by FIFA coming into the tournament.

Australia, ranked No.10 in the world, edged past Ireland 1-0 on Thursday and would earn a round of 16 spot if they beat the Super Falcons on Thursday.

Nigeria would put themselves in a great position for the knockout rounds if they upset the Matildas, as they would then need only a draw in their final group match against Ireland, ranked 22nd in the world.

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