Tuesday, 16 June 2015

#Canada2015: Falcons tackle #USA in make-or-break

Super Falcons require a clear win today against the United States to progress to the next round of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The Americans have won all four meetings with Nigeria, three in group stages of the World Cup. Falcons are condemned to win in this game, having drawn the first Group D game with Sweden before succumbing 2-0 to less-fancied Australia in the second match.

Sweden also needs to win to overtake Australia or the USA in the group as the four teams engage themselves simultaneously in the last group games while the USA needs a clear win over Nigeria to stay safe.

Coach Edwin Okon is upbeat, saying his charges can spring surprise against the Americans. “The girls know that their job is cut out and they have no choice but get the maximum pints,” Okon said yesterday.

“I believe strongly in them to emerge victorious as we have learnt our lessons in the past games,” he added. Meanwhile, former Super Falcons star, Maureen Mmadu, has predicted a tough game against USA.

“Nigeria needs to play with confidence and avoid playing the USA with too much respect by bringing back the spirit they deployed against Sweden if they want to scale this hurdle,” Mmadu said, stressing, “The players must stay compact in defence and play very fast when they are in possession of the ball.”





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