Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has expressed confidence in the ability of the Super Falcons to scale through the group stages of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Recall that Falcons was drawn with co-hosts, Australia, Republic of Ireland and Canada in Group B.
The Super Falcons will look to make it beyond the group stage for the second consecutive time in the competition after reaching the second round three years ago in France.
Reacting to the draws, the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner, told Completesports.com that the Super Falcons possess the quality to qualify from the group.
“I really don’t think this is a group that is a big threat to the team considering the fact that we have quality players who can hold their own.
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“Canada, Ireland and host Australia are a very good side but I am optimistic Nigeria will qualify from what looks like a tough group.”
The team is by far Africa’s most successful international women’s football team winning a record eleven Women’s Africa Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final. The team is also the only women’s national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Football at the Summer Olympics.
Nigeria, alongside USA, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Japan are the only seven countries to have featured in all previous editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, between China 1991 and France 2019.
On the other hand, African champions, Banyana Banyana of South Africa will face Sweden, Italy and Argentina in Group G.
The Atlas Lionesses of Morocco will be up against Germany, Korea Republic and Korea Republic in Group H
Zambia are in Group C with Spain, Costa Rica and Japan.
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