FIFA Women’s World Cup: Nigeria and Australia Vying for Maximum Points…Ayinde, Ajibade Return After Suspension

Ikenna Okafor

In an intense showdown at the Brisbane Stadium in Australia, Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Australia’s Matildas are set to battle it out for maximum points in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Both teams are heading into their second group match, and the quest to claim all three points will undoubtedly fuel their determination on the field. Australia secured a lone-goal victory in their first group match against the Republic of Ireland, while the Super Falcons forced Canada to a goalless draw.

The Matildas boast an impressive record, winning 10 of their last 11 matches, and they will be looking to continue their fine run of form. Having progressed from the group stage in the last four World Cups, Australia could secure their spot in the knockout rounds with a game to spare if they emerge victorious.

The Super Falcons will welcome the return of Rasheedat Ajibade and Halimat Ayinde, who missed the opening game due to suspension following an incident in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals against Morocco.

However, Nigeria will be without Deborah Abiodun, serving a one-match suspension after receiving a red card in the game against Canada. Similarly, Australia’s lethal striker, Sam Kerr, continues to miss action due to a calf injury sustained on the eve of the tournament.

Nevertheless, the Super Falcons can rely on the prolific forward, Asisat Oshoala, known for her goal-scoring prowess with 17 international goals to her name.

Anticipated as a fierce contest, both teams are determined to secure the maximum points and potentially advance to the knockout stage. The match is scheduled to kick off at 11 am, Nigeria time, promising an exhilarating clash between two strong competitors.