The Super Falcons of Nigeria will face a tough challenge as they take on Canada’s women’s national team in their opening games of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This match serves as a crucial test for both teams, as they aim to secure a spot in the next round of the tournament.
Beverly Priestman, the head coach of the Canada women’s national team, has revealed that his team is preparing intensively for the upcoming World Cup. However, CBC has reported on a challenging situation for the team, as several players are currently nursing injuries.
Among the key players currently on the road to recovery are Deanne Rose and Nichelle Prince. Both players suffered Achilles tendon injuries, with Rose getting injured in September and Prince in November. The team is closely monitoring their progress, as they play significant roles within the squad.
Additionally, three-time Olympic medallist Desiree Scott is undergoing rehabilitation for a knee injury that required surgical intervention in late 2022. The team is hopeful for her recovery, as she brings valuable experience to the team.
Unfortunately, Janine Beckie, a highly regarded forward, has already been ruled out of the tournament due to an ACL tear in her right knee during a match in March. Her absence will be felt by the team, as she is known for her attacking prowess.
Despite these injuries, Coach Bev Priestman remains cautiously optimistic about Deanne Rose’s prospects and hopes that she can overcome her setback and contribute to the team’s campaign. However, there are genuine concerns about the recovery timelines for veterans Desiree Scott and Nichelle Prince, as their return to peak form is crucial for the team’s success.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria are set to face Canada in their opening Group B encounter on July 21. The match will take place at the iconic Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. This highly anticipated clash between two formidable teams will provide an early test for both sides in their quest for glory in the tournament.