The Super Falcons picked up a draw from their first game, and they would be looking to do even better against Australia
The Super Falcons will take on Australia in their second game of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Soccernet reports.
Nigeria fought hard to earn a goalless draw from their first game against Canada, and they would be looking to do one better when they square off against the Matildas.
Coach Randy Waldrum will have the full complement of his team except for youngster Deborah Abiodun who will serve a one-game ban after getting red-carded in the first game.
It is expected to be a tough fixture for Nigeria, and Soccernet names five stars that could make the difference for the Super Falcons.
The PSG goalkeeper was the star of Nigeria’s first game against Canada. She had a fantastic showing, as she registered two saves, one of which was a penalty. She maintained a calm display throughout the game despite the pressure.
Ajibade was unavailable for the first game, but she would likely start against Australia. The Atletico Madrid Femeni star is probably the best dribbler on the team, and her pace is great.
The Super Falcons were blunt in their first game, but the addition of Ajibade could make Nigeria more dangerous.
There are subtle talks that Oshoala could miss the game against Australia, but Waldrum would hope that does not happen. The Barcelona star was not at her best in the first game, but she could still turn on the heat next time out.
Oshoala has great speed and is a clinical finisher. If she is fit enough, her presence will benefit Nigeria in the final third.
She was superb in the first game. Ucheibe was a stalwart in the midfield and covered every blade of grass. The sturdy Super Falcons star did a lot of defending in the first game, but if she can get her attacking game right, she could make the difference for Nigeria.
Ohale is the most experienced in the starting eleven, and her defensive expertise will be seriously tested once more. She was solid against Canada, but she would have to replicate that performance to ensure Nigeria does not concede.
The 31-year-old centre-back will not wear the captain armband, but she would be expected to be a le ader on the pitch