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Two Super Falcons players are suspended from World Cup opening match




When the Super Falcons face Canada in their opening Group B match in Melbourne in the early hours of Friday morning, the Nigerian team will be without the services of two of their prolific players.

In the disciplinary preview released by FIFA, both Rasheedat Ajibade (shirt number 15) and Halimatu Ayinde (shirt number 18) are declared suspended.

Their suspension is due to expulsion they got in Nigeria’s last matches at the Women Africa Cup of nations last year in Morocco.

Both players were sent off in Nigeria’s semi-final match against  Morocco in the semi-final clash. Ayinde was expelled in the 48th minute while Ajibade got her red card following  her second yellow card after VAR review in the 70th minute.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.