2024 WAFCON Qualifier ¦ Super Falcons On A Tricky Mission Against Lowly Ranked Cape Verde
Nigeria senior women’s national team, the Super Falcons will on Thursday take on the Silvéria Nédio led Cape Verde ladies in the final round of the 2024 Women”s African Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Super Falcons will host the Silvéria Nédio led team at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja in the first leg of the final round match whilst the return leg will be played at the Santiago-Estadio Nacional Blue Shark in Praia on Tuesday, 5th December.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has appointed Ghana’s Rita Ama Boateng Nkansah as the center referee for the game in Abuja.
In this article, CitySports provides you with a preview of the match, assessing the ability of both Nigeria and Cape Verde to outplay each other for the 2024 WAFCON ticket, taking into consideration, factors such as, history, form/last five matches, head-to-head, Statistics, and more.
We themed this video “Super Falcons On Tricky Mission Against Lowly Ranked Cape Verde”.
The Super Falcons are ranked number one in Africa and thirty two by FIFA, while the cape verde who are ranked 133 in the world didn’t feature among the top ten Women”s team in Africa.
Unlike the Super Falcons of Nigeria, who are nine time champions, Cape Verde are still seeking their first qualification for the Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON), hence, are yet to feature in any CAF or FIFA organised tournaments.
For the purpose of this preview, it is imperative to note that Cape Verde though yet to win any major honour, but have emerged runners up twice this year at the 2023 COSAFA Women”s Championship and the WAFU Zone A women’s cup.
Nigeria and Cape Verde are yet to play a competitive match, hence, Thursday’s WAFCON qualifier will be their first-ever meeting.
Last Six Matches
Cape Verde have wọn five of their last six matches, losing just one.
At the 2023 WAFU Women”s Cup, Cape Verde defeated Guinea Bissau 4-0, before spanking Mauritania 6-0, to qualify for the semi-finals, the team edge Gambia 2-1 before losing 0-1 to Senegal in the final.
To reach this stage of the qualifiers, Cape Verde eliminated Liberia with 3-0 wins in the first leg, and 3-2 in the second game in Monrovia, Liberia.
Nigeria on the other hand have recoded two victories, three draws and one loss in their last six matches.
At the 2023 FIFA Women”s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the Super Falcons played a goalless draw against Olympic champions, Canada, beat World Cup Co-host, Australia 3-2, before securing another draw against Ireland.
The Nigeria women senior national team lost thier round of 16 match to England on penalties, recorded another 1-1 draw away in Addis Ababa, before trashing the Lucy of Ethiopia 4-0 In Abuja to reach this stage of the 2024 WAFCON Qualifiers.
Nigeria will miss the service of their top striker, Asisat Oshoala, who has pulled out of the final qualifier.
Chiamaka Nnadozie (is expected to man the post for the Super Falcons, while Osinachi Ohale, Oluwatosin Demehin and Rofiat Imuran will hold the defence line for the Falcons.
Chioma Olise will support Rasheedat Ajibade, Deborah Abiodun and Toni Payne in the midfield while Uchenna Kanu is expected to lead the attack for Nigeria. Kanu will be supported by Gift Monday, Esther Okoronkwo, Omorinsola Babajide and Chiamaka Chukwu of Rivers Angels invited to replace Oshoala.
Silvéria Nédio has invited twenty players for the match against Nigeria. They are expected to line up against the Super Falcons in similar format adopted against Liberia.
The key players to execute the game for Cape Verde include:
Jéssica who plays for Seven Stars, will be in goal for Cape Verdeans while in the defence, Romina of Llana – Sal, Leonora dos Santos of Bayer FC, Varsénia another seven stars player
Seven Stars), Leidina Semedo (ADEC) and Leonilde Rodrigues (Amora – Portugal).
In midfield, the following players are expected to support the attack :Alcione (Mindelense), Jussara (Mindelense), Maísa Cardoso (Seven Stars), Diana (Vitória SC, Portugal), Eleia Vieira (Amora FC – Portugal) and Sasha (Amora FC, Portugal).
Cape Verde forward include: Camoca (Seven Stars), Vá (Racing Power – Portugal), Maya (Llana – Sal), Aicha (Mindelense), Ireland (Amora – Portugal), Melatcha (Damaense – Portugal) and Evy Pereira (Racing Power – Portugal.
Speaking to CitySports after their Monday training, Super Falcons interim head coach Justin Madugu said he will draft his tactics based on the players available for the match.
The coach added that their aim is to put smiles on Nigerians face after Super Eagles poor performances in the two world cup qualifiers played recently. The coach emphasized that the objective of the team is to secure victory irrespective of the strategy and tactics adopted.
Why This A Tricky Mission For The Falcons
When we consider Cape Verde history and their 2023 performances at the COSAFA Women”s Championship and the WAFU Zone A women’s cup, the Cape Verdeans ladies are not one to be underrated by any team.
The Cape Verdeans ladies have lost just one match from six games scoring a total of eighteen goals (that’s three goals per match on average) compare to super Falcons eight goals in the last six games.
Cape Verde have conceded four goals and so are the Nigerian ladies. That is (4/18) =0.2 goals per match, compare to Super Falcons (4/8) = 0.5 goal per match.
This simple analysis reveals the chances that Cape Verde will concede a goal against the Super Falcons is 20% while the Super Falcons are more vulnerable to conceding a goal with a higher percentage (i.e.50%)
We simply say, should the coaching crew of the Super Falcons consider Cape Verde a walk over, the team would be undoing itself because this fixture is very, very tricky.
Super Falcons finished 4th at the last edition of the WAFCON, losing 3rd place bronze medal to Zambia.
Nigeria looks good for victory as far as history and ranking is concerned but that’s on paper the Cape Verdeans ladies have better statistics given their form, goal scoring prowess and chances, as well as their last six matches, and having emerged runners up in the two tournaments they participated in this year.
This is definitely a difficult and a tricky fixture, however, we will say 2- in favour of Nigeria based on home advantage. Whatever happens in Thursday’s match will form a great input into the second leg scheduled for December 5th.