Falcons need draw to qualify clash vs France

The Super Falcons take on hosts France in a Group A clash that could make- or – mar their fortunes at the 2019 Women ’ s World Cup.

The match is scheduled for the Roazhon Park in Rennes
Realistically, the nine – time African champions will need at least a draw against their more illustrious opponents if they hope to make it out of the group .

The Falcons started their World Cup campaign with a 3 – 0 loss to Norway before overpowering Korea Republic 2 – 0 in their second match while their opponents , France , thrashed Korea 4 – 0 in their opening game of the tournament before beating former world champions Norway 2 – 1 in their second outing .

Head Coach , Thomas Dennerby , believes they can rise to the occasion .

“ This is an important game for us and I believe you can rise to the occasion just as you did against the Koreans .

The French have a good team but we are also a good squad and I think we can get a result if we have that mind – set that it is eleven players against eleven and we stick to our tactics for the day.

“ Victory against the Koreans was very good .

But I can assure that beating France would be even sweeter .

It will certainly take us to the knockout stage and also win us that confidence that we can prevail against any team . ”

Speaking to thenff. com, captain of the team Desire Oparanozie insists they already know the pattern to adopt in Rennes .

“ The win over Korea taught us that so much is possible if we put our minds to it and we work hard .

There is nothing to fear.

We will go in there against France and give our best , and we are confident that our best will be good enough to take us to the next round . ”

Rivers Angels coach, Edwin Okon, who was the Falcons ’ coach at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, says beating Korea will serve as a boost for the Falcons .

“France are a good side but they are beatable .

I have watched both teams but the Falcons keep improving with each game .

All they need to do is make sure they avoid silly mistakes .

If they do that , they can make it to the next round

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