Soccer: Matildas to play Thailand in pre-Asian Cup friendly at nib Stadium

Sam Kerr and the Matildas. Picture: Getty Images
Sam Kerr and the Matildas. Picture: Getty Images

INTERNATIONAL women’s football will be played in WA for the first time next month when superstar Sam Kerr and her Matildas teammates take to the field against Thailand.

The friendly will be the Matildas’ last before they head to Jordan to vie for the 2018 Asian Cup.

Sport and Recreation minister Mick Murray said it would be the first opportunity for fans to see Kerr, the reigning Young Australian of the Year and Asian Women’s Footballer of the Year, in Australian colours at her home pitch.

“This is a terrific coup for WA sport,” he said.

“Women’s sport is booming in this State and what a treat for local football fans to have the Matildas here for the first time.

“The Matildas are a real chance to take out the Asian Cup after their standout performance at the Tournament of Nations, so this is a great chance for local fans to send them off in style.”

Kerr has set the challenge for Perth fans.

“If Perth doesn’t bring out a big crowd I will be disappointed, I love playing here it’s a great pitch at the NIB stadium,” she said.

“I don’t think it’s pressure (being a role model), I love being a role model, so many young boys look up to the Matildas.

“I hope (the Matildas) will get to have a recovery session at the beach when we have the camp in Perth.”

Kerr described Thailand as an upcoming team, with “a great coach” and said it would be a “tough game”.

“It means everything to me to play for my country in my home town and I can show my team to my home state,” she said.

Tickets will be on sale today (February 14).

The Matildas will also take part in a week long training cap after the match, giving local juniors the chance to meet the players.

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