The Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Matildas of Australia will renew their hostility in the Women’s World Cup in Brisbane on Thursday
Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry says the Super Falcons are a better team than the last time the two footballing nations met in the Women’s World Cup, Soccernet.ng reports.
The Brisbane-born midfielder revealed she’s looking forward to their Group B clash with the nine-time African champions in Brisbane in their second game of this year’s tournament edition.
The two countries had a different outcome in their tournament opening match. While Australia laboured to claim maximum points against Ireland, Nigeria settled for a draw against Olympics champions Canada.
The Super Falcons last played Australia at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. On that day, in Winnipeg, Kyah Simon scored both goals in a 2-0 group-stage victory to the Matildas.
Chelsea forward Kerr got elbowed in the face by Ugo Njoku shortly after providing the assist for their second goal in that match. The Nigerian defender was subsequently given a three-match suspension.
Gorry, who started in midfield that day, remembers the game as a tough challenge for her team.
A tough, tough game,I remember, midfielder Katrina Gorry who plays her club football with Vittsjo GIK in Sweden said as quoted by The Age.
She also spoke that she was impressed with the Falcons’ performance against Seventh-ranked Canada in Melbourne last Friday, and is wary of the threats the nine-time African champions pose to her team in Brisbane on Thursday.
I watched them play Canada, and they’re even more powerful than the were then. They’ve got so much speed, but a lot of class across the field. Technically, very good – if you’re not on your defensive game they’ll exploit you, and with the pace they have, it’s pretty scare, She said
Waldrum’s side must pick a point at least against the Aussies, allowing themselves to keep their hopes of moving to the second round alive, and they could secure the progression with a victory against Ireland in their last group-stage match.