Ian Wright, the former England and Arsenal striker, has praised the Super Falcons for their victory over Australia in the 2023 Women’s World Cup and called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay the players.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Australia 3-2 in their second group-stage match.
Nigeria’s victory over Australia was their first win of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The team will now face Ireland in their final group-stage match, where a draw will be enough to secure their passage to the knockout rounds.
Before the tournament, the Super Falcons and the FA were at odds over unpaid bonuses, with head coach Randy Waldrum reportedly still owed his salary.
Wright, who has been following the FIFA World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, took to social media to request that the National Football Federation pay the national women’s team.
“Pay them!!!!! [Nigeria Football Federation],” he wrote on Twitter, including the Nigerian flag emoji.
The Matildas took the lead in an exciting match in Brisbane after Emily van Egmond slotted home. That lead lasted only a few minutes before Uchenna Kanu equalized on the stroke of half-time.
After the break, Osinachi Ohale gave the nine-time African champions the lead, which was extended by second-half substitute and Barcelona Femeni star Asisat Oshoala.
The Matildas pulled one back through Alana Kennedy deep into stoppage time.
The Super Falcons will be looking to secure their place in the knockout stages of the 2023 Women’s World Cup when they face the Republic of Ireland on Monday, July 31st, 2023 at 11:00 AM.