Nigeria stands a chance in group B 2023 Women’s World Cup – Asisat

By:Gyang Dakwo

Five-time African player of the year Asisat Oshoala has welcomed Nigeria’s 2023 Women’s World Cup draw, which pits them against co-hosts Australia and Olympic champions Canada.

The Super Falcons will also face the Republic of Ireland, who will be making their tournament debut in Group B.

“I think we have a really good group. It’s the World Cup and it’s not meant to be easy or a walk in the park,” Barcelona forward Oshoala told BBC Sport Africa.

“With the group we have, I feel we have a chance.”

The tournament will begin on 20 July next year, with Nigeria opening their campaign against Canada in Melbourne on 21 July before facing Australia and the Republic of Ireland in Brisbane.

All three countries sit above Nigeria in the world rankings, with Canada seventh, Australia 13th and the Republic of Ireland in 24th – some 21 places above the West Africans.

The nine-time African champions played two friendlies against Canada in April, losing 2-0 before a 2-2 draw, but the World Cup fixture will be the third meeting between the two nations at the tournament.