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Facts before the match as Nigeria face uphill task against Canada

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This Group B encounter sees Nigeria and Canada meet for the third time at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Their first clash was a 3-3 draw in the 1995 group stage, more recently Nigeria claimed a 1-0 victory in the group stage in 2011.

Nigeria have maintained their ever-present record at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and are the only African team to feature in all nine editions of the competition.

After reaching the round of 16 in 2019, the Super Falcons will need to start well in this tough group if they are to reach the knockout phase once again.

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The 2020 Olympic Gold medallists Canada will rightly have high expectations coming into this tournament and they are competing in their eighth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup, having missed only the inaugural tournament in 1991.    Canada’s best performance at the finals came at the 2003 edition in the USA when they finished in fourth place. The closest they have come to emulating that feat was in 2015 when they reached the quarter-finals on home soil and they will be looking to progress deep into the tournament once again here.

Last meeting: 11/04/2022, Canada 2-2 Nigeria, friendly, Starlight Stadium, Langford (Canada)

Key facts: Nigeria are the only African team to feature in all nine editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Nigeria’s Onome Ebi is featuring in her sixth Women’s World Cup.

At the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, she became the first-ever African to play in five editions of the competition.

Canada won their opening fixture 1-0 at the last two editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada’s Christine Sinclair holds several records for her nation at the Women’s World Cup, including most tournaments with an appearance (5), most tournaments with a goal (5), most appearances (21), most goals scored (10), oldest player to make an appearance (36y 12d) and oldest player to score a goal (36y 8d).

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The two oldest players at the 2023 finals could potentially feature in this match. Nigeria’s Onome Ebi (40y 74d) and Canada’s Christine Sinclair (40y 39d).

Nigeria team facts

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM RECORDS

Overall record: P: 26 W: 4 D: 3 L: 19 F: 20 A: 63 GD: -43 Biggest win: 2-0Nigeria v. Denmark (27/06/1999)/2-0 Nigeria v. Korea Republic (12/06/2019) Biggest defeat: 0-8Nigeria v. Norway (06/06/1995) Highest scoring match: 8 goals – Norway 8-0 Nigeria (06/06/1995)/USA 7-1 Nigeria (24/06/1999) Most goals scored in a match: 3 – Nigeria 3-3 Canada (08/06/1995)/Brazil 4-3 Nigeria (01/07/1999)/Sweden 3-3 Nigeria (08/06/2015) Most goals conceded in a match: 8 – Norway 8-0 Nigeria (06/06/1995) Most goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 8 – 1999 (4 matches) Fewest goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 0 – 1991 and 2003 (3 matches) Most goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 14 – 1995 (3 matches) Fewest goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2 – 2011 (3 matches)

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Successive wins: 1 (four times) Successive defeats: 4 (three times) Successive draws: 1 (three times) Successive matches without a defeat: 2 (2011-2015) Successive matches without a win: 9 (1999-2011) Successive matches with a goal scored: 6 (1995-1999) Successive matches without scoring: 4 (1991-1995 and 2007-2011) Successive clean sheets: 1 (three times)

Canada team facts

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM RECORDS

Overall record: P: 27 W: 8 D: 5 L: 14 F: 34 A: 52 GD: -18 Biggest win: 4-0Canada v. Ghana (15/09/2007) Biggest defeat: 0-7Canada v. Norway (08/08/1995) Highest scoring match: 8 goals – Norway 7-1 Canada (23/06/1999) Most goals scored in a match: 4 – Canada 4-0 Ghana (15/09/2007) Most goals conceded in a match: 7 – Norway 7-0 Canada (08/08/1995)/Norway 7-1 Canada (23/06/1999) Most goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 10 – 2003 (6 matches) Fewest goals scored at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 1 – 2011 (3 matches) Most goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 13 – 1995 (3 matches) Fewest goals conceded at a FIFA Women’s World Cup: 3 – 2015 (5 matches)/2019 (4 matches)

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Successive wins: 3 (2003) Successive defeats: 3 (three times) Successive draws: 2 (2015) Successive matches without a defeat: 4 (2015) Successive matches without a win: 7 (1995-2003) Successive matches with a goal scored: 12 (1999-2007) Successive matches without scoring: 2 (2011) Successive clean sheets: 2 (2015 and 2019)

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Colombia 2024: Danjuma invites 32 as countdown begins to Final Tournament

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Flying Eagles, Falconets To Resume Camp On Thursday -

With just eight weeks to their first match of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Colombia 2024, Head Coach Chris Musa Danjuma has called up four goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and 12 strikers to a training camp in the Federal Capital, Abuja in the first phase of preparation for the global tournament.

Team captain Oluchi Ohaegbulem is top of the list, with first-choice goalkeeper Faith Omilana, defenders Shukurat Oladipo and Comfort Folorunsho, midfielders Chinyere Kalu, Adoo Yina and Rofiat Imuran, and forwards Janet Akekoromowei, Flourish Sabastine and Aminat Bello also called.

Nigeria, a fixture at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals since the tournament began as an U19 event in Canada 22 years ago, will contend with three-time winners Germany, Asian powerhouse Korea Republic and South American representatives Venezuela in group D of the competition scheduled for three Colombian cities, 31st August – 22nd September.

All the invited are expected at Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja on Sunday, 7th July.

ALL THE INVITED PLAYERS:

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Goalkeepers: Anderline Mgbechi (Delta Queens); Rachael Unachukwu (Nasarawa Amazons); Faith Omilana (Naija Ratels); Shukura Bakare (Nasarawa Amazons)

Defenders: Oluchi Ohaegbulem (Nasarawa Amazons); Jumoke Alani (Nasarawa Amazons); Shukurat Oladipo (FC Robo Queens); Oluwabunmi Oladeji (Naija Ratels); Folashade Adegbemile (Delta Queens); Chidera Okenwa (Delta Queens); Comfort Folorunsho (Edo Queens); Taiwo Lawal

Midfielders: Adoo Yina (Nasarawa Amazons); Olushola Shobowale (Nasarawa Amazons); Aminat Folorunsho (Rivers Angels); Chioma Olise (Edo Queens); Chinyere Kalu (Nasarawa Amazons); Joy Igbokwe (Naija Ratels); Rofiat Imuran (Stade de Reims, France); Zikora Agama (Naija Ratels)

Forwards: Delight Nwosu (Dannaz Ladies); Adaobi Okah (Remo Stars Ladies); Chiamaka Okwuchukwu (Rivers Angels); Chinaza Agoh (Delta Queens); Mary Nkpa (Heartland Queens); Chiamaka Osigwe (Edo Queens); Janet Akekoromowei (Asisat Academy); Mary Offor (Adamawa Queens); Flourish Sabastine (Stade de Reims, France); Sharon Ulumma (Heartland Queens); Aminat Bello (Otero College, USA); Reilly Adebowale (Bohemian FC, Republic of Ireland)   

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Nigeria’s Flamingos drawn against debuting hosts in FIFA U-17 World Cup

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The Flamingos, Nigeria’s U-17 women’s football team have been drawn against hosts, Dominican Republic for the finals of the Women’s U-17 World Cup holding from 16 October to 3 November in two host cities of Santo Domingo  and Santiago de los Caballeros.

 Both Nigeria and Dominican Republic are drawn in Group A along with Ecuador and New Zealand.  In Group B are Spain, USA, Korea Republic and Colombia.

Group C has  Korea DPR, Mexico, Kenya and England while those competing in Group D are  Japan , Poland, Brazil and Zambia.

The hosts will make their debut in the competition on 16 October against Ecuador in Santiago de los Caballeros, with New Zealand and Nigeria completing Group A.

Herrera, the first Dominican woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, had a special message for her compatriots taking part in the World Cup. She said: “I am the living example that you can achieve your dreams. So, keep up the good work. I am looking forward to seeing those amazing games.”

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Reigning champions Spain, meanwhile, will kick off their campaign in Group B, in which they will face USA, Korea Republic and Colombia, runners-up last time around.

“The advice to all the players that will participate here is to be confident and go live your dream. ¡Y Buena suerte!” said Flores, who took part in this tournament two years ago in India.

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Dominican Republic 2024:Flamingos land in the Dominican Republic!

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Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos, have secured their ticket to the 8th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals to be staged in the Dominican Republic later this year, after a 2-0 defeat of their Liberian counterparts at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Friday.

Victory took the aggregate tally to 6-1 in favour of Nigeria, with extraordinary poacher Harmony Chidi setting a record of 13 goals in a qualifying series that will be difficult to equal in years to come. She had 11 goals before kick-off, but netted the two goals of the evening to take Nigeria’s total of the series to a whopping 25. Central African Republic fell by a dozen goals while Burkina Faso fell 1-7 on aggregate.

Her first came after only four minutes when she sped past the Liberian defence to toe-poke the ball beyond the flailing arms of goalkeeper Makula Konneh from a cross by Shakirat Moshood.

A goal feast was expected, but this did not happen, as Peace Effiong had a close call in the 17th and Moshood rocked the crossbar a minute after from 20 yards. Moshood also missed from close range with 10 minutes left of the first half.

In the 56th minute, Moshood blasted beyond the goalpost when faced with Konneh, but Harmony Chidi made sure of her brace seven minutes later when she lashed the ball beyond Konneh’s reach as Nigeria seized the ball from a defensive slip-up by the visitors.

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The 8th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals will be staged in the cities of Santiago de los Caballeros and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, 16th October – 3rd November.

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