Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons flew into the French city of Rennes on Thursday morning from Grenoble, as they prepare to battle the host country, France, on Monday in their third group match at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
After silencing South Korea 2-0 in their second match of France 2019, the Falcons were in lively mood, unlike when they moved to Grenoble from Reims, following a 3-0 spanking by Norway on Saturday, as the team now look capable of reaching the round of 16 on Monday.
A draw in Monday’s encounter against the host country in Rennes will most certainty see the nine-time African champions qualify for the next round of the 8th Female Mundial, of which they have appeared in all.
However, after winning the fourth ever match in the competition’s history, the Falcons will aim for the round of 16 for only the second time, but first out of five straight attempts over the years.
The first and only time they went beyond the first round, the Falcons reached the quarter-finals, such that the players and officials were all upbeat, as they settled down to their new base at Best Western Plus Hotel Isidore in Rennes.
The team had light training session an hour after arrival, with the eleven players who started against Korea Republic using the gymnasium while others went running in the hotel premises.
They have few days to rest and train hard for Monday’s clash with France at 28,000-capacity Roazhon Park in the city that is located 55 kilometres south of the English Channel.
Rennes is the largest city in the Brittany region, and with a population of over 200,000 people, is the 11th most populous city in France, with a top club, Stade Rennes, that has seen the Nigerian trio of John Chukwudi Utaka, Apam Onyekachi and Elderson Uwa Echiejile once on their cards.