Falcons in Make or Break Tie against Korea

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FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

Femi Solaja

The Tremendous Falcons may have their destiny of their palms once they face Korea Republic in Grenoble of their second match on the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup.

The Group A fixture on the Stade des Alpes is the primary time each groups can be assembly at this degree.

Expectedly the Nigerians will throw all their hearth woods into the furnace, realising that a win of any margin will hold them within the event, whereas a defeat will make the final group match towards host, France a mere formality.

For the document, the Falcons have confronted Asian oppositions 5 occasions in earlier tournaments, notably the Korea Democratic Republic, the northern neighbours of Korea Republic.

The statistics, nevertheless, point out that the Falcons have a poor head-to-head report in matches with Asian oppositions, with 4 defeats and a 2-1 win towards North Korea, 20 years in the past within the US.

That win was the primary of the one three victories Nigeria has notched on the ladies’s event since inception in 1991.

However exactly at 3p.m. Nigerian time right now, they may strategy the bottom-of-the-table conflict with a profitable mentality and on a cautious notice.

Sure, warning shall be watchword of Coach Thomas Dennerby’ s costs provided that the duo of Want Oparanoze and Francisca Ordega, are among the many 4 gamers already on the disciplinary record. Any additional warning will make them unavailable for the final group match towards France on Sunday night time in Rennes. Different listed gamers are Germany’s Lena Oberdorf and Spain’s Marta Corredera.

Forward of this match, THISDAY learnt from the staff’s camp that Dennerby and the workforce medics have dominated veteran defender Religion Michael out of the event.

The Pitea IF of Sweden defender was injured in a conflict with goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi throughout Saturday’s Three-Zero loss to Norway and can take no additional half within the championship, regardless of how far the African champions get.

The staff once more educated on the Stade Eugène Thenard on the Avenue du Common de Charles Gaulle yesterday and aside from Michael, the remaining 22 gamers are rearing to go towards the Far East Asians.

In Michael’s absence, petite Chidinma Okeke, a former junior worldwide who featured for Nigeria on the FIFA U20 Ladies’s World Cup additionally staged in France final yr, will begin at proper again.

She was spectacular towards the Norwegians when she changed Michael within the 53rd minute on Saturday.

The central defensive pairing of veteran Onome Ebi and Osinachi Ohale can be maintained, as left again Ngozi Ebere. Within the midfield, Dennerby will determine whether or not to as soon as extra go together with the trio of Ngozi Okobi, Rita Chikwelu and Halimatu Ayinde, or relaxation the latter for Portugal –based mostly Chinaza Uchendu.

Oparanozie, Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega will probably be saddled with the task of getting the objectives that may hold Falcons’ hopes of remaining in France past 17th June.

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