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‘We’ve got this’: Ajibade confident ahead of FIFAWWC clash vs ‘difficult’ Australia

SUPER Falcons of Nigeria forward Rasheedat Ajibade is not fazed by the prospects of facing Australia at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, although she admits the Matildas will be tough to play against.

The nine-time African champions are up against the co-hosts in their second Group B encounter on Thursday in Brisbane after both sides’ posted positive results in their opening games.

Australia squeezed past debutants Republic of Ireland 1-0 on Thursday in Sydney while the Super Falcons held Olympic champions Canada to a 0-0 draw on Friday in Melbourne despite giving away a penalty and losing Deborah Abiodun to a late red card.

Ajibade is back in contention for a role on Thursday after missing the first game due to suspension, along with Halimatu Ayinde, and the Atletico Madrid star is raring to go.

While admitting that Australia may have certain advantages, Ajibade is backing herself and her colleagues to give them a tough time.

“Personally, I’m fine. I’m really pumped up for the game. I’m ready to give it my 100 percent, so I’m 100 percent,” Ajibade told the Super Falcons media team shortly after a training session yesterday.

“It’s going to be a difficult game playing against the host team in a very big stadium with a big crowd. We’re going to play against a lot of factors on that day.

“I think we’ve got this. We’ve done it in big games and against big teams.”

The Super Falcons were resilient against Canada and could even have snatched victory if they had been a little more composed in front of goal.

Despite Australia being 30 spots higher than Nigeria in the FIFA ranking (10th and 40th) and having over 52,000 fans behind them, Ajibade believes the Falcons can beat them.

She added: “I trust the whole team and we have the capacity. We have the talent, we have the energy, we have the strength.

“We just have to bring our A game and it’s going to be a fun game on that day.
I’m happy to be back and ready to give it my 100 percent.”

Ajibade is expected to walk straight back into the starting line-up with Ayinde, who should replace the suspended Abiodun in midfield.

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