Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi has stated that “the ball is now” in their court to ensure that they defeat their Equatorial Guinean counterparts in Saturday’s decisive Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations group game.
After a poor start losing to South Africa’s Banyana Banyana and a recovery in their second game to brush off Zambia, the Super Falcons captain recognizes that they need to win outright in order to stay in contention to defend their title and at the same time qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She believes that the Falcons are in good shape to face Equatorial Guinea after their win over Zambia on Wednesday.
“The NFF have done their part very well. The ball is now in our court to do our part and make Nigerians happy, by winning against Equatorial Guinea on Saturday and going ahead to win a ticket to the World Cup and also retain our African title.”
“We are getting back to shape. In the first game against South Africa, it was not the Super Falcons that Africa knew that turned up. Defeat made us to talk hard to ourselves. I think we are getting back to the form known of Super Falcons, the champions. We are not there yet but we are still pushing ourselves to reach our normal level. I believe our third game will definitely be much better,” Ebi told thenff.com.
Talk about the possibility of the African champions taking a bow at the group stage of the women’s tournament, Ebi dismissed such saying that she is confident that Nigeria’s Super Falcons will progress to the semis.
She made it clear that the Falcons hold the “twin objectives” of defending their title and qualifying for the World Cup.
“I never thought about that. I don’t think that is possible because to me I see us in the semi-finals already. I have strong faith in the team that we are going to beat Equitorial Guinea and then we will take the knockout stage one match at a time.
“Nigerians should keep praying for us. They should keep believing in the Super Falcons because we are here for the trophy and we are here to qualify for the World Cup. I believe that with hard work and with God on our side, we are going to achieve our twin objectives,” Ebi said.
The Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana will play host to the Equatorial Guinea versus Nigeria match.
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