The Nigeria vs Australia match will set the tone for the two likely teams to make it out of group B.
The nine-time Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Champions will face 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosts Australia in their second group B match by 11:00 WAT on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at the 52,500 multi-purpose Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland.
In their first game Nigeria drew nil-all against Canada to secure a point.
Sportsintel takes a look at the probable tactical set up of coach Randy Waldrum.
Keep the back four that played against Canada, tremendously astute and incredible, is what they were.
Because we feel, it has to be two strikers upfront, playing together, one as the focal point, the other simple hovering in and about the front line Oshoala and Ifeoma Onuomonu.
So, Payne Christy Ucheibe Echegini (We can’t do double pivot in this game, we need as much creativity as we can get) Rashedaat Ajibade
Forward (two upfront).
Oshoala and Ifeoma.
Uchenna, Oparanozie, Okoronkwo, Halimatu Ayinde could come off the bench depending on the tempo of the game at least after the hour mark to bring energy and control in the middle.
Alternatively, Ayinde to start ahead of Echiegini. She has good passing that can break lines, hence she can occasionally join the attacking midfield while supporting Ucheibe in double Pivot.
Furthermore, Oparanozie with Oshoala can play upfront if the latter passes the late fitness test. The Aussies will mount a lot of pressure in the first few minutes, so a DP is necessary to soak it in while dishing out too.
Where To Watch Nigeria Vs Australia
Nigerians can watch the match online with Afrosports TV on Facebook or through VIDIVU.
Blend TV also provides additional option to watch the Nigeria vs Australia game online.
It will also be shown on DSTV for the Nigerian and African territory.