The Super Falcons got a spot in the mundial after defeating Cameroon’s Lionesses in the quarter finals of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco last summer, with Rasheedat Ajibade scoring the crucial goal to earn a semi-final spot and the ticket to Australia/New Zealand. It meant the Falcons have made through to all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – a record shared with only six other teams globally.
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She was reacting to a statement by the Nigeria Football Federation that she played only 52 official matches.
Regular skipper Onome Ebi is recovering from injury sustained at the Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in July.
The delegation of Super Falcons, which left Nigeria on Friday, has arrived in the Japanese town of Kobe, where they take on 2011 world champions Japan at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe on Thursday, 6th October. The date falls within one of the FIFA Women International Windows for this year.
The highly talked about friendly took place at the Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday.
The ranking comes after the Super Falcons ended fourth at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said: “We rejoice with Rahseedat Ajibade for her emergence as joint top-scorer of the tournament and we implore her to continue to show even more prolificity and commitment in the jerseys of club and country. Her three goals surely helped the Super Falcons to win a World Cup ticket. Our team would certainly have been in the Final if not for the incident that led to her expulsion in the semi final match against the host nation.
Ogbonna, made this known when she spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria from the team’s base in Morocco.
The tie, between the two highly rated sides, is set to take place at the Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco
According to the NFF, the defender said the team was battle ready and will go all out for a win against the Copper Queens.
Head Coach of Copper Queens, Bruce Mwape, said on Thursday that his girls have put behind them the controversial defeat to South Africa – through an added-time penalty that is still a talking point at these finals.
The team is scheduled to play a third place match against the She Polopolo of Zambia at the WAFCON this weekend.
The president revealed this in a statement by the NFF media team, wherein he praised the performance of the ladies.
The President’s commendation was contained in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday.
This was after playing out a 1-1 draw with hosts Morocco over 120 minutes in the competition’s semi-final match.
This was after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes and down with two players against hosts Morocco in the 2022 WAFCON semi-finals.
This followed the quarter-final pairings that emerged on Sunday night after the Super Falcons bumped Burundi.
He had called the Nigeria media “negative”, but the Nigeria Football Federation had immediately called him to order.
The Cup holders got their 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over Botswana.
In the process, the Super Falcons rose to second place in Group C behind soar-away leaders South Africa who defeated them in the first match