France 2018: Falconets Face China Hurdle For Q/Final Place
Falconets will file out at 3:30pm Nigerian time in the ongoing FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup tie against China on Monday.
The Nigerian girls must avoid a defeat at the Stade de Clos Gastel to advance from the group stage of the tournament.
A solitary strike from the penalty spot, by stand–in skipper Rasheedat Ajibade, earned the maximum points against Haiti on Thursday.
The result took the Falconets to second spot in Group D, on goals balance from the Far East Asians, whose 2-1 defeat of Haiti and 0-2 loss to the Germans meant they have a deficit going into Monday’s decider in Brittany.
“It is going to be a very busy encounter from the first blast of the whistle. We are not expecting an easy match. I said from the beginning that if we must reach the Final, we have to play and overcome very tough teams.
“We have no illusions. The Chinese squad is a very ambitious one, and we have to be at our best to overcome them. We will go out there and give our very best,” Coach Chris Danjuma told thenff.com.
Certainly, the bigger pressure is on the Chinese, who have to win to secure a place in the last eight.
A draw would be sufficient for Nigeria.
China’s fast –paced game could prove a handful for Nigeria and the efficiency of long–limbed Chiamaka Nnadozie in goal and the stout defending of Sunday Opeyemi, Mary Ologbosere, Glory Ogbonna and Oluwakemi Famuditi would be required to keep the Asians at bay.
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