At Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, the United States Women’s National Team and the Nigerian Super Falcons will play the first of their two matches on Saturday (today). reports ANAEDOONLINE.NG.
Against the Americans, the Falcons will be attempting to win for the first time in seven games.
Both sides will play a second game at the Audi Field in Washington on September 6, and both have already qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.
USA and Nigeria will be meeting today for the second time in two years, though this will be just the seventh matchup in history between the nations and only the second such meeting in a friendly match. The first five games between the USA and Nigeria all came at world championship events, with four meetings at the Women’s World Cup (1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015) and one at the Olympics (2000).
The USWNT has a perfect record against African opposition, defeating Nigeria six times in six meetings. The USWNT has kept clean sheets in each of its last six games against CAF foes. They also defeated South Africa twice in two games.
Coach Randy Waldrum has picked four members of Nigeria’s girls that reached the quarterfinals at the just-concluded FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. They are defenders Oluwatosin Demehin and Rofiat Imuran, and midfielders, Esther Onyenezide and Deborah Abiodun.
Home-based professionals Christy Ohiaeriaku, Akudo Ogbonna and Gift Monday are also in the delegation. First-choice goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender Osinachi Ohale, midfielder Toni Payne and forwards Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu will provide the spine for an interesting Nigeria selection.
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