Super Falcons In USA For Summer Series Tour

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Nine-time African champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have arrived in the United States of America for this year’s Summer Series, a Four-Nation Tournament involving hosts USA, Jamaica and Portugal’s ‘A’ women teams.

A contingent of Nigeria-based technical crew and nine home-based professionals flew aboard a Delta Airlines flight on the long haul from Lagos to Atlanta and arrived in the capital of the State of Georgia yesterday morning. They were aboard another flight from Atlanta to Houston, in the State of Texas, hours after.

Falcons Head Coach Randy Waldrum and a number of overseas-based players are expected to join up with the squad in Houston ahead of Nigeria’s first match of the series against Jamaica at the BBVA Stadium tomorrow.

Three days later, the Falcons will tackle Portugal at the same BBVA stadium. Their last match is against four-time winners of the FIFA World Cup and four-time winners of the Olympic football gold, the USA, at the Q2 Stadium on June 16th.

Matches will be played at the BBVA Stadium in Houston and at the brand-new, $240million Q2 Stadium in Austin built by the newest club in the Major League Soccer, Austin FC. Both cities are in the State of Texas and the clash between the Super Falcons and the US Women A team will be the first-ever football match at the stadium.

The US is the only one of the four teams in the Summer Series that will compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The match against Nigeria will mark the first time the USA has ever faced the Super Falcons outside of a world championship.

It will also be just the third-ever friendly against an African country for the Americans, with the previous two coming against South Africa.

Chidi Nwoke/The Guardian.

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