Super Falcons Set For Double Header-Friendly Against Canada

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will take on reigning women’s Olympic champions Canada in double header-friendly games.

The first of the two friendly games come up today (Friday) inside the BC Place stadium in Vancouver.

And on Monday, both teams will square off again this time inside the Starlight Stadium in Victoria.

Reigning African champions, Falcons, are using the two games to prepare for this year’s CAF women’s AFCON in Morocco in July.

The women’s AFCON also doubles as qualifiers for the 2023 women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

This will be the fourth time both the Falcons and Canada will take on each other, since their first encounter in the group stage of the 1995 women’s World Cup in Sweden.

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In their first meeting 27 years ago the Falcons came from 3-1 down to force a 3-3 draw, which however was not enough to secure qualification into the quarter-finals.

Rita Nwadike got the Falcons’ first goal to make it 2-1 before Canada went 3-1 up.

But goals from Patience Avre and Adaku Okoroafor was the Falcons earn their first-ever point at the women’s World Cup.

Both teams met again in the group stage of the World Cup, this time at the 2011 edition hosted by Germany.

After losing their opening two games to France (1-0) and Germany (1-0), the Falcons defeated Canada 1-0 in their last group game.

With six minutes left to play, Perpetual Nkwocha helped the Falcons end their campaign at the 2011 World Cup on a high by netting the winning goal.

And the last time the two teams met was in a friendly game in 2019 which the Canadians won 2-1.

Desire Oparanozie opened the scoring in the 27th minute before goals from Janine Beckie and Sophie Schmidt, in the 47th and 53rd minutes respectively earned Canada a first-ever win against the Falcons.

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