The female national team, Super Falcons have landed in the Canadian city of Vancouver, where they are billed to take on Team USA in their final group match of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A press statement by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) revealed that the Falcons landed in Vancouver with great expectation of picking the maximum points when they confront the former world champions in their last group match on Tuesday.
The African champions arrived at their new base on Saturday aboard a chartered aircraft about 11am (7pm Nigeria time), then had 30 minutes drive from the airport to Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, where the US team is also lodged.
On arrival, the coaches told the girls that they have no option other than to pick all three points from Tuesday’s game, having drawn 3-3 against Sweden and lost 2-0 to Australia in their other two matches of the group.
Only victory against the Americans, who beat Australia 3-1 and drew with Sweden, would suffice to see the Falcons stand any chance of qualifying from the group and moving to the next round as one of the best third-placed teams from the entire pool at Canada 2015.
Later in the day, the team had a light training from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and will train twice on Sunday, as Falcons’ head coach, Edwin Okon outlined his tactics for the game and encouraged his players to believe that victory is not impossible against the highly favoured US squad..
“Let’s put the defeat against Australia behind us and be focused on picking the maximum points against USA. We can do it only if we believe. This is our last chance of qualifying from the group and we have to make it count,” Okon said.