Khamis predicting red-hot Westfield Matildas against China

They were at their scintillating best against Brazil in September but Leena Khamis believes the Westfield Matildas are set to reach even greater heights later this month.

After beating Brazil 2-1 in Penrith and then 3-2 in Newcastle, the Westfield Matildas moved up to sixth in the FIFA world rankings and have ambitions of climbing to the top of women’s football.  

The next challenge for the Matildas is a two-game friendly series against 13th-ranked China in Victoria next week.

And Khamis, a former Matildas striker, is predicting more entertaining football from Alen Stajcic’s electric outfit.

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“Every Matildas game now is so exciting,” Khamis said.

“They always bring out something different and they’re just playing with such a high level at the moment and even better that it’s on home turf.

“Look they had two great games in Sydney against Brazil…and I am sure they will be even better in the Melbourne games.”

Incidentally, Khamis made her Matildas debut against China in 2008 and has been impressed with the progress of the national team over the last decade.

Leena Khamis
Leena Khamis in action for the Matildas.

“It’s a massive difference from where we were 10 years ago or even longer before that,” she said.

“It’s just growing rapidly at the moment and it’s so fantastic to see that we are actually now up there with the world, with the other world class nations around the world competing with them and we have got the same class.

“It is all finally coming together and for the young kids growing up they have definitely got some things to look forward to.

“Being a women’s footballer in Australia these days is amazing.”

In the two-game series, Australia host China at AAMI Park on November 22 before travelling to Simonds Stadium for the second fixture on November 26.

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