To the surprise of many, Nigerian forward Toni Payne has boldly placed the Super Falcons on equal footing with renowned powerhouses France and host nation Australia in the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
During the preparation of the Nigerian ladies for the tournament, the team dominated the Queensland Lions, an Australian club, with an impressive 8-1 victory.
Speaking on Rhythm FM Benin, in a monitored radio interview with the Super Falcons media officer Tobex Oluchukwu told Nigerians of Payne’s assurance of the team’s readiness.
“After today’s game, I had a conversation with Toni Payne, where I asked her about the match between Australia and France. She confirmed that we are on the same level as them and have all the necessary resources,” shared Oluchukwu.
Earlier in the day, Payne had expressed the team’s confidence to NFF TV, emphasizing their readiness to compete.
“We are equally matched with France and Australia, and we are extremely confident. With the talented players we have, we are fully prepared to fight.”
The Super Falcons currently hold the 40th position in the world rankings. The mundial, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will feature 32 nations vying for the title, marking a historic moment for women’s football.
Nigeria’s journey will commence with a match against Canada on July 21, followed by clashes with Australia six days later and the Republic of Ireland on July 31.