We’ll make no mistake against USA, Falcons assure Nigerians

The Super Falcons celebrating one of their goals against Sweden...yesterday

The Super Falcons celebrating one of their goals against Sweden…yesterday

“Things didn’t work out well for us in our second group match against Australia, but I am sure it will be a different ball game on Tuesday when we take on USA. We know what is at stake and we can’t afford to fail.”

Those were the words of Super Falcons goalkeeper, Precious Dede, while speaking with The Guardian ahead of tomorrow’s last Group D match against former champions, USA, here in Vancouver. The Falcons, with only one point from two matches, must beat USA to qualify from the group stage.

To Dede, beating the Yankees is possible tomorrow. “The USA team is looking better than us in this competition. They got their chances against Australia and we failed to do so. Look at their match against Sweden. Many people thought they will over run the Swedes, but that did not happen. We are doing all we can to give them a good fight, we may just shock them in Vancouver,” Dede said.

Striker Perpetua Nkwocha is also optimistic that the team would scale USA hurdles tomorrow. “We have played against USA in the past, though the result didn’t favour us, but that does not mean they will continue to beat us. Our aim is to shock them this time.”

At the 2007 edition of the World Cup held in China, the duo of Dede and Nkwocha were in the Falcons squad that lost 0-1 to USA in the last group match played in Shanghai. Then, the Nigerian team had drawn 1-1 with Sweden in their first group match and lost 0-2 to Korea DPR in the city of Chengdu.

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