Super Falcons ready for Sweden, Okon assures
Super Falcons’ head coach, Edwin Okon, says his team are ready for their opening game against Sweden at the on-going FIFA Women World Cup in Canada, reports supersport.com.
The reigning African champions are billed to meet the Scandinavian side today by 9.00 p.m. Nigerian time in Winnipeg.
Okon said everything has been put in place to ensure his side kicked off their title campaign on a winning note against the Scandinavians.
“We have done everything right to put the players in a perfect frame of mind for our group’s opening match against Sweden on Monday.
“We have trained hard, perfected our acts and the players have been well psyched up 100 per cent and right now we are fervently hoping that everything will turn out well to give us victory.
“The first match is quite important as good result in the encounter will go a long way to boost our confidence going into the next group matches against Australia and USA.
“Already the players have queued into the frenzies with a heartwarming operational slogan, ‘Super Falcons and Sweden must fall’.
“Good enough up to this moment we don’t have any injury worry, all the players are 100 per cent fit for the clash. So we will be fielding our very best legs against Sweden. Of course, there is no room for sentiment in team selection.
“We want to win and we are going to use our most potent weapon to prosecute the match.
“We took time off to watch the matches of the Flying Eagles at the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and we have taken inspiration and positive from their qualification to the knockout stage.
“We strongly believe that qualification will be our portion at the end of the day and we’ll even go further to challenge for the title,” said the former Falconets.
The Nigerian representatives other matches will hold on June 12 and 16 respectively against Australia and two-time champions, the United States of America (USA).
Meanwhile, national team’s major sponsor, Globacom, has called on the Falcons to defeat Sweden in their opening Group D match.
“While we understand that the task of defeating Sweden and picking the three points at stake may not be easy, we believe this is still possible given the quality of players in the current squad of Super Falcons,” Globacom said in a statement in Lagos yester