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Nigeria Draw Hosts, Olympic Champions in 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Nigeria will face joint-hosts Australia, Canada and Republic of Ireland in Group B of the 9th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals happening in the summer of next year.

At the draw held today in Auckland/Tâmaki Makaurau, it emerged that Nigeria will on 21 July play Olympic Champions Canada in her first match, confront Australia on 27 July before wrapping up their group campaign against Republic of Ireland on July 31st.

Next year’s championship will be staged in a total of nine cities (five in Australia and four in New Zealand), boasting 32 teams – the biggest in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since it began in China in 1991.

Joint-hosts New Zealand will battle Norway, Philllipines and Switzerland in Group A.

Nigeria, alongside USA, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Japan are the only seven countries to have featured in all previous editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, between China 1991 and France 2019.

To tune up for the competition the Falcons were on tour of Canada six months ago, where they played two matches against Olympic champions Canada, losing one narrowly and drawing the other.

Nigeria’s best record in the women’s world cup remains a quarterfinal appearance in the 1999 edition staged in the United States of America.

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