Ahead of the Super Falcons v Nadeshiko Japan match...

Published on: 21 September 2022

 

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will battle the Nadeshiko Japan, the women's national team of Japan, on October 6th, 2022 by 8:25am GMT+1.

This match up will serve as warm-up for both teams ahead of next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala has been recalled by Randy Waldrum to the Super Falcons squad ahead of the clash next month.

The former Arsenal striker has been absent in recent Super Falcons games due to injury.

Falconets trio of Tosin Demehin and Rofiat Imuran, Deborah Abiodun, who all featured at the recent U20 World Cup in Costa Rica were also called up by the American Gaffer.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie, Nkiruka Obidinma, Yewande Balogun

Defenders: Osinachi Ohale, Ashleigh Plumptre, Oluwatosin Demehin, Glory Ogbonna, Rofiat Imuran, Michelle Alozie

Midfielders: Regina Otu, Christy Ucheibe, Halimatu Ayinde, Peace Efih, Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, Deborah Abiodun

Forwards: Asisat Oshoala, Uchenna Kanu, Ifeoma Onumonu, Gift Monday, Vivian Ikechukwu, Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne

The Japan women's national football team or nicknamed Nadeshiko Japan represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA).

They are the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. The highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings achieved by the team is 3rd, during the December 2011 rankings.

Nadeshiko Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, thus claiming their first FIFA Women's World Cup title, becoming the first Asian team to do so and only the fourth women's world champions.

They won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making them the only Asian team to have three combined medals from international championships. 

They also won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cups, the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games, and the 2008, 2010, and 2019 EAFF Football Championships.

This would be the fourth meeting between the Super Falcons of Nigeria and Nadeshiko Japan.

Both teams have clashed only once at competitive level – at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament. Nadeshiko pipped the Falcons 1-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on 14th August 2004.

The other two times the duo met was during two back-to-back International friendlies in 2013 which the Nadeshiko won 2-0.

The Super Falcons will be looking for their first win against the Asian giants when they clash next month.

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