Done, pounding Icelandic first division club, UMF Selfoss, 6-1 on Friday in one of their warm up friendlies towards the France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Nigeria’s Super Falcons face a stronger challenge with their Canadian counterparts this Monday in the city of Murcia, Spain.
Falcons Coach Thomas Dennerby and his Canadian opposite, Kenneth Heiner-Møller, are expected to file out their strongest squads on the turf of Pinatar Stadium for the duel with just two months left before the big showpiece begins in France.
Besides earlier tests against teams like China and Belgium in the run–up, the NFF opened talks for this encounter with Canada during the draw ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in France in December last year.
Kenneth Heiner-Møller has made it known he values the encounter with the African champions, as it would enable him to anticipate what to expect against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon whom Canada tackle in their first match of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Montpellier on 10th June. The North Americans will also play New Zealand and The Netherlands in the group phase.
On their part, the Falcons will open their campaign against Norway in Reims two days earlier. Nigeria will also confront Korea Republic in Grenoble on June 12 before taking on tournament hosts France in Rennes on June 17.
Nigeria and Canada have locked horns twice at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. On 8th June 1995, at the Olympic Stadium in Helsingborg, Norway, the Super Falcons came from behind to tie their group phase encounter 3-3. On 5th July 2011, at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadion in Dresden, Germany, Nigeria pipped Canada 1-0 in another group phase encounter.
The Super Falcons are also scheduled to participate in the WAFU B Women’s Tournament in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from May 8th to 18th before setting up camp at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdor, Austria, from where they will fly to France for the World Cup holding from June 7 – July 7, 2019.