The Super Falcons of Nigeria are back, fit and available for an epic clash against the reigning European champions, England.
The Falcons have reportedly returned to training at the Lions FC Stadium in Austra after a 2-day break following the final group stage fixture versus Ireland that secured round of 16 football.
Nigeria are now focused on doing the unthinkable against England in the Round of 16 tie as they hope to be the team that knocks the Lionesses out and forces them to drop their first points at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
England and the Nigeria Super Falcons both secured a tie in the round of 16 contest after earning points from their last group stage game against China and Ireland respectively in 6-1 trashing and a 0-0 stalemate.
The round of 16 tie reportedly takes place at 8:30 a.m. August 7th in Brisbane, Australia as the Falcons and Lionesses hope for a berth in the quarter-final.
Since their first meeting on July 23, 2002, this becomes their second meeting at the World Cup, with the first being a 3-2 defeat for Nigeria.
That said, Nigeria has encountered recent victories against England in friendly games in July 23, 2002’s 1-0 triumph, and a 3-0 rout on April 22, 2004 in the last decade.
With the Nigerian side taking a 2-day break for recovery ahead of the clash, the dreaded match is of interest to many Nigerians to see how the Super Falcons fare against an English side that ran circles against China PR.
Former England star, Rachel Yankey however maintains that the Super Falcons of Nigeria will be a tough nut to crack and has warned the Lionesses not to consider the opposition as underdogs.
“I think the next game will be quite tough to be honest. Nigeria play a very different style of football,” she told the Metro.