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2023WWC: ‘We’ve Done It Against Big Teams,’ Ajibade Optimistic Ahead Australia Tie

Ajibade and Halimat Ayinde missed the opener against the Canada. But the Atletico Madrid forward is putting that behind her and is ready to face Australia. 


Super Falcons
Nigeria need a draw to make the next stage of the competition.

 

Super Falcons forward, Rasheedat Ajibade, believes Nigeria can put in a good show against Australia when they clash at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. 

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was Friday’s hero after she saved a second-half penalty against Canada in Nigeria’s first Group B game to keep the match level.

On the other hand, co-hosts Australia found a tough test in the Republic of Ireland as Steph Catley notched in a 52nd-minute penalty on Thursday to end Ireland’s resistance and spark an eruption of joy from fans inside Stadium Australia.

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Rasheedat Ajibade.
Super Falcons, forward, Rasheedat Ajibade. Twitter@Rasheedat Ajibade.

 

With Nigeria now set to face the co-hosts, the Atletico Madrid forward admitted that the match will be tough. She is, however, optimistic that Randy Waldrum’s girls can pass the Matildas’ test to keep their qualification hopes alive.

“It’s going to be a difficult game [because] we are playing against the host team in a big stadium with lots of crowds and a lot of things,” she told NFF TV.

“We are going to play against a lot of factors on that day, but I think we’ve got this. We have done it in big games against big teams. I trust the team because we have the capacity, talent, energy, and strength. We just have to bring our A-game,” the forward maintained.

Ajibade and Halimat Ayinde missed the opener against the Canadians due to suspensions in their semi-final defeat against hosts Morocco at the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.

But she is putting that behind her and all set to face Australia in the global football showpiece.

“Personally, I am fine, really pumped up for the game and ready to give it my 100%,” she said.

The game is billed for 11:00 am (WAT) on Thursday.