Nigeria's preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women's World CupPublished: August 02, 2023
Popular betting sites in Nigeria are going wild as the Nigerian women’s soccer team, the Super Falcons arrived at Brisbane, Australia after losing their long-monopolized title Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Overview of the Preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Many fans, especially young women are eagerly looking forward to the performance of the Super Falcons. Among the four squads that qualified from Africa for this year’s World Cup, the Nigerian women’s team is the only African team that took part in every FIFA Women’s World Cup since 1991.
The team has reportedly faced difficulties with their preparation due to poor management and selection of players from the Nigerian League. Some even suspect that the team will find it difficult to qualify for the semi-finals. On the other hand, many are hopeful for the 2023 FIFA World Cup due to the promising skills and talents of the team members.
The nine-time champions of Africa are preparing with dedication and focus in the 15 days training camp in Australia, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The Super Falcons have experience as their superpower, which if leveraged properly can make them a formidable opponent.
A Great Team of Players
The star player, Asisat Oshoala, known for her speed and agility has won the African Women’s Player of the Year award four times and won the Champions League. The team is vitalized by her spectacular skills as she promises a powerful performance.
The team consists of players at the peak of their power. Among them are Ijeoma Esther Okoronkwo, whose goal secured Nigeria’s qualification for the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations, and Rasheedat Busayo Ajibade, who was listed as the most promising young footballer in Africa by Goal.com.
Deborah Abiodun, the rising star of the Super Falcons, has fulfilled her role as a forward. The 19-year-old owns a unique flair and could prove to be a pleasant surprise. The overall diversity of unique talents along with strategy will surely serve the team well.
Accusations as the Nigerians Prepare
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has been accused of failing to pay wages by the head coach of Super Falcons Randy Waldrum. The most successful national team in Africa has been defended fiercely by Waldrum in an interview with the “On The Whistle” podcast. Click here to read more.
In another interview with the ”Sounding off on Soccer” podcast, Waldrum expressed concern for the lack of preparation due to the negligence of the NFF. However, the coach has admitted to being excited to see the talented quad at full potential.
What to Look Forward to?
Despite all the controversy, the 23-player team is preparing to face serious competition. By facing Canada on the 21st of July, at Melbourne's Rectangular Stadium, Nigeria will start its World Cup campaign.
Four days after clashing with Canada, the Nigerian team will face Australia and on the 31st of July, they will be facing the Republic of Ireland at Lang Park in Brisbane, Australia.
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