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