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Super Falcons are Africa’s hope at Women’s World Cup — Gusau

NIGERIA Football Federation president Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has urged the Super Falcons to continue to make Africa proud when they play co-hosts Australia in their second Group B match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Brisbane on Thursday.

The nine-time African champions are the only team from the continent yet to taste defeat after the first set of group matches, with South Africa, Morocco and Zambia all losing.

Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions South Africa were beaten 2-1 by Sweden while continental runners-up Morocco and bronze medallists Zambia were at the end of heavy defeats, the former going down 6-0 to Germany and the latter getting hammered 5-0 by Japan.

“As nine-time champions of Africa, and one of only seven countries to have played in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Nigeria is the real giant and hope of the African continent in Australia,” Gusau said.

“While we expect Morocco, Zambia and South Africa to turn things around in their next matches, my message is that the Super Falcons must focus hard on the ball against the Australians in order to keep Africa’s song going.

“We had an impressive game against Canada, but I want the girls to put that feat out of their minds and focus on the three points against Australia. It can be done.”

The Super Falcons will be underdogs against the co-hosts like they were against Olympic champions Canada, but Gusau is expecting the ladies to put up a fight and open their goals account.

“I am charging the girls to go all out. This is a match in which we need to score goals,” he added.

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