October 22, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s Super Falcons have been drawn in Group B of next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will also be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The country’s senior women’s national football team will slug it out against teams from Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland in the group stages of the most prestigious female football competition in the world.
At the FIFA World Cup stage, it will not be Nigeria’s first encounter against the North Americans from Canada just as they have previously faced up against Australia’s women’s national team.
Canada has been unsuccessful against Nigeria at the two World Cup meetings between both countries with a 3-3 tie in 1995 and a 1-0 loss in 2011. However, at a single match against Australia, Nigeria lost 2-0 during the 2015 FIFA World Cup hosted in Canada.
This will be the debut World Cup appearance for the Girls in Green as Ireland is going to their first tournament and Nigeria, as a result, there has never been a head-to-head between Ireland and Nigeria at this level but the Falcons are one of seven teams to have competed in every FIFA Women’s World Cup since it began in 1991 with their best showing being a quarterfinal appearance in 1999.
The full draw:
Group A : New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland
Group B : Australia, Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Canada
Group C : Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan
Group D : England, Group B Play-off winner, Denmark, China
Group E : USA, Vietnam, Netherlands, Group A Play-off winner
Group F : France, Jamaica, Brazil, Group C Play-off Winner
Group G : Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina
Group H : Germany, Morocco, Colombia, Korea Republic
Super Falcons fixtures
Nigeria vS Canada – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne – July 21, 2023
Australia vs Nigeria – Brisbane Stadium – July 27, 2023
Republic of Ireland vs Nigeria – Lang Park, Brisbane – July 31, 2023