Super Falcons begin their campaign in this year’s Women World cup on Friday morning as they confront Olympic Champions Canada.
Perennial world Cup campaigners Falcons qualified for this year’s edition finishing fourth in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations held in Morocco last year.
Canada on the other hand qualified by finishing as the first runner-up in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, thereby picking up one of the four tickets meant for the North America, Central America and the Caribbean nations.
Falcons considered one of the most experienced teams in the world cup despite not going beyond the quarterfinals have been grouped against Canada, Australia and debutants Ireland.
Interestingly for the Randy Waldrum tutored side there are no injury worries and the players have all shown readiness to battle for honours as the championship got underway Thursday( Today) In the opening match New Zealand beat Norway by a lone goal.
Although the duo Rasheedat Ajibade and Halimatu Ayinde are suspended for the match after both players were sent off in Nigeria’s semi-final match against Morocco at the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations a year ago.
However the team will be banking of Asisat Oshoala netted 21 goals for her club this season and has since bounced back to top form after injury which forced her to miss the last WAFCON in Morocco.
Veteran and Captain of the team Onome Ebi has assured that the team will give their best from the first blast of the whistle. Some say beginning on a victorious note against Canada will serve as a huge ginger. Luckily again the team have pushed aside the squabble over pay bonus to focus on performance in Australia and New Zealand. Hopefully their sacrifice will pay off in a matter of hours.