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Super Falcons’ victory sparks call for Australia’s coach sack



Australia coach Tony Gustavsson during the Matilda’s 3-2 defeat to Nigeria that has left them needing to beat Canada to stay alive at the Women’s World Cup. Photograph: Darren England/AAP

Following the 3-2 defeat of the co-hosts, Australia, by the Nigeria Super Falcons, some newspapers in Australia are calling for the sack of Australia’s Swedish coach, Tony Gustavsson.

Loud in the call was the write-up of  Robbie Slater serialised in some Australian newspapers such as The Australian.

He wrote that Australia’s Matildas’  entire World Cup is in danger of blowing up in the face of coach Tony Gustavsson, there is no doubt his job is on the line. He’s made a mess of the whole thing.

In another publication, the coach rues  making changes too late in his team’s shock defeat to Nigeria

Meanwhile the Matildas believe Sunday will be D-Day for their star player, Sam Kerr as she bids to prove her fitness for the must-win match against Canada.





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.