Former Super Falcons coach, Sam O0kpodu has sent out a strong charge to the current squad to avoid any form of relaxation or overconfidence in their second match of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, but says they should keep their feet on the throttle in Friday’s game against Australia.
Okpodu, who made waves with the Nigerian senior male squad after an edifying breakthrough with the youth national team several years ago, said there is a tendency for the Falcons to get carried away by their heroic come-from-behind 3-3 draw against Sweden on Monday, but stressed that it would be a huge mistake on their part.
The assistant coach with Glo Premier League club, Warri Wolves of Delta State stressed that complacency will be the greatest undoing of the side against the Australian Matildas in Winnipeg on Friday (10pm Nigeria time).
Okpodu further warned that the encounter will be difficult and tricky but insisted that the African champions have the depth to overcome the Aussies.
“Falcons played very well against Sweden though few mistakes here and there but they must not be overwhelmed by the praises that came with the spirited 3-3 draw.
“Falcons must avoid complacency in its entirety, I think that’s the watchword as they confront Australia on Friday. The Nigerians must maintain the intensity, seriousness and winning mentality as shown against Sweden.
“Expectedly, Australia will be tougher aimed at salvaging something for themselves after match day 1 loss to Brazil. The encounter is certain a-must-win game for both sides more so for the Falcons’ dream for progression to the knockout stage.
“It will be a tough and tricky clash no doubt about it but Nigeria has the chance to progress. Once again, Falcons must do everything humanly possible to avoid complacency in the clash and victory is guaranteed,” Okpodu told supersport.com.