Big Match Stats Pack: Nigeria vs Botswana

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    Nigeria vs Botswana match

    As Nigeria prepare to take on Botswana in their second Group C encounter at the ongoing 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, GOAL looks at the tale of the stats as these two African sides lock horns at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat.

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    Fifa Ranking

    If June’s Fifa ranking is anything to go by, the Super Falcons will have no problems defeating the Mares in Rabat.

    While Nigeria are first in Africa and 39th in the world, Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang’s women are a distant 29th on the continent and 152nd in the world.

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    Botswana’s leaky backline

    The Mares have conceded at least one goal in their last six matches in all competitions. It was only against Angola (on October 26, 2021) that they kept a clean slate. Their shaky defence will be a big plus for the Nigeria national team who boasts a strong attacking line-up despite Asisat Oshoala absence.

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    Ajibade, Nigeria’s goal machine?

    The Atletico Madrid star has scored Nigeria’s last two international goals. Interestingly, she scored the Super Falcons’ lone goal against South Africa on Monday. She is expected to lead the Super Falcons’ goalscoring charge on Thursday.

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    Nigeria's head-to-head vs Botswana

    This showdown billed for Rabat marks the first time both countries will be playing at international level.

    Nevertheless, Nigeria and Botswana go into the game with contrasting ambitions. While the Super Falcons are targeting their first win in Morocco, Nkutlwisang’s side needs a draw at least to qualify for the quarter-final.

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    Super Falcons’ aspirations

    Nigeria are hoping to qualify for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup billed for Australia and New Zealand.

    More importantly, the West Africans would be aiming to lift the Wafcon title for a record 10th time.

    However, they must negotiate their way past Botswana, and Burundi to brighten that hope.

    In France 2019, they crashed out in the Round of 16 after losing 3-0 to Germany in Grenoble.