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Friendly: Super Falcons to face Japanese counterparts in October

Nine-time African champions Nigeria will take on the senior women’s national football team of Japan in an international friendly match at the Noevir Stadium in Kobe, Japan on Oct. 6.

The Super Falcons are ranked 39th by the world football governing body FIFA, while Nadeshiko Japan are rated 13th.

Both teams have clashed only at a competitive level —- at the 2004 Women’s Football Tournament in Athens, Greece.

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Nadeshiko Japan beat the Super Falcons 1-0 in that match played at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on Aug. 14, 2004.

Thereafter, two back-to-back friendly matches in 2013 were won 2-0 each by the Japanese side.

They won the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2011, beating Team USA in a pulsating penalty kick shoot-out after regulation time ended 2-2.

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Nadeshiko Japan thus became the first team from Asia to win a senior FIFA World Cup trophy.

The Super Falcons are perennial champions of the African continent and have participated at every FIFA Women’s World Cup since the competition began in 1991, reaching the quarter-finals in 1999.

The two sides’ meeting this time falls within one of the FIFA Women International Windows for this year.

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It should help in preparing the Super Falcons for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup if they qualify from the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco in July.

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