Matildas fans go berserk over the ‘best welcome to country ever’ ahead of game against Nigeria – here’s what made it so special
Football fans have branded Thursday night’s Welcome to Country as the ‘best ever’ ahead of the Matildas’ second World Cup match.
The Indigenous elder who performed the traditional pre-match routine geed the crowd up by imploring them to yell the Indigenous name for Bribane – Meeanjin – back to him moments before kick off.
He then broke out into a cry of ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ to which the crowd enthusiastically echoed throughout Suncorp Stadium.
And fans have taken to Twitter to praise the pre-match ceremony.
‘Helluva welcome to country,’ one fan posted online.
Football fans have praised the Welcome to Country ceremony before kick off on Thursday
Matildas fans took to Twitter to praise the spine-tingling ceremony in Brisbane
Another said: ‘Best welcome to country EVER! Everyone felt welcomed with that one.’
‘Hands down, BEST welcome to country ever!’ a third posted.
The Matildas called upon Emily van Egmond to replace Mary Fowler in their crunch Women’s World Cup clash with Nigeria.
Fowler and Aivi Luik were both ruled out of Thursday night’s game at Suncorp Stadium after suffering concussions in separate incidents in Tuesday’s closed training.
The pair join superstar captain Sam Kerr (calf) and veteran striker Kyah Simon (knee) on the sidelines.
Australia took on Nigeria in their second World Cup group match for the tournament
Van Egmond’s inclusion, likely as the No.10 attacking midfielder, pushes Caitlin Foord into the main striker role.
Alanna Kennedy and Clare Hunt remain as the starting central defenders despite the former having a limited training week.
Kerr and Simon were both named on Australia’s bench but clearly won’t feature.