International Friendly: Super Falcons To Face Japan In October
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.
Nine-time African champions Nigeria will take on the Senior Women’s National Team of Japan in a prestige International Friendly match at the Noevir Stadium in Kobe on the 6th of October, 2022.
Nadeshiko Japan, which is the alias of the Women’s National Team of Japan, are ranked 13th in the world, while the Super Falcons are 39th.
Both teams have clashed only once at competitive level, at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament where Japan beat Nigeria 1-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on 14th August 2004.
Two back-to-back friendlies between Nigeria and Japan in 2013 were won by the Asians, with a 2-0 scoreline in both matches.
Japan won the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2011, beating USA in a penalty shoot-out after regulation time ended 2-2. Nadeshiko thus became the first team from Asia to win a senior FIFA World Cup trophy.
The Super Falcons are perennial champions of Africa and have participated at every FIFA Women’s World Cup since the competition began in 1991, reaching the quarter finals in 1999.