Remember what you promised Nigerians, NFF tells Falcons
As the Super Falcons square up against their Australian counterparts in their second Group D match today the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has challenged the players and their officials to live to expectations of Nigerians back home.
“We are from a football-loving country, and I expect our girls to have that at the back of their mind as we face Australia on Friday (today), member, NFF Executive Committee and Chairperson of Nigeria Women Football League, Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyedinma told The Guardian.
According to Onyedinma, the Falcons have shown they are in high spirit to tear the Aussies apart, but she wants them to approach the game with caution. “Australia lost their first game to USA and that is enough for them to throw everything at us on Friday (today). But I know what our girls can do. They proved it in our match against Sweden and everyone saw it. That never-say-die-spirit is in them and it worked well for us in that game. I have received so many congratulatory messages from Nigerians back home, and I want our girls to keep that momentum. It means our people appreciate what the girls are doing here.”
Onyedinma, who is also Chairman of the NFF Women Football Committee, said she never lost hope when the Falcons were two goals down against the Swedes, but tasked the girls to avoid a repeat of those several missed opportunities so as not to put themselves under undue pressure in the game.
Looking back to the 3-3 draw with Sweden on Monday, she said: “I give thanks to God for giving us that result against Sweden. Not many people actually gave us that chance of matching the Swedes before the World Cup started because Sweden is ranked among the toughest teams in this championship.
“They have always participated in the World Cup and have always done well. They are actually rated number five in the world, but I am so glad the FIFA ranking did not affect our girls. The Falcons went all out to play good football. I never lost hope; any time our team is playing, I never lose hope because these girls are committed and they know what they want so I had hope that they would turn it around. We missed several scoring chances that could have changed the game for us but we are grateful to God that we were able to hold Sweden and made a point. I want them to improve on that performance against Australia. My prayer is that we secure the three points at stake.
We should take our chances because that’s the only way to go ahead in the tournament. We have a bright chance to defeat Australia, so that we can be rest assured of reaching the knock-out stage even before facing the USA in Vancouver,” Onyedinma added.
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