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We shall be prepared for the Matildas

. Tremendous Falcons trying ahead to conflict with the co-hosts

It’s the day after a formidable opener to their newest FIFA World Cup marketing campaign and the Tremendous Falcons are already trying ahead to their second match of the large showpiece towards co-host nation Australia at Brisbane’s Lang Park on Thursday.

Chiamaka Nnadozie is the large identify on everybody’s lips in Brisbane and even because the locals shout to you throughout the parks “we will be there, no worries”, as soon as they discover you’re a Nigerian, they nonetheless mutter underneath their breath: “You’ve received an important goalkeeper.”

With captain Onome Ebi left on the substitutes bench, Coach Randy Waldrum handed the captain’s armband to the calm goal-tender, and she or he justified the boldness with a sterling efficiency, together with a double save from iconic Christine Sinclair’s penalty kick 5 minutes into the second interval.

Now again in Queensland, following the feat that left scrambled eggs on the faces of bookmakers, the nine-time African champions are trying ahead to what would definitely be a most fascinating encounter with the Matildas.

“We’re in very excessive spirits, I can inform you,” Ebi instructed on the workforce’s return to Brisbane. “It’s the day after that large level and we’re already trying ahead to our second match. The Aussies won’t be straightforward, however we knew earlier than arriving in Australia that no workforce at this match shall be straightforward.”

The gamers got the time off on Saturday, and solely loosened up from the encounter that surprised the North Individuals.

Whilst ever-present Nigeria received a degree off the Olympic champions in Melbourne, the Tremendous Falcons nonetheless have quite a few high performers of their ranks who haven’t tasted motion, and are desperate to do the enterprise.

Midfielders Christy Ucheibe and Deborah Abiodun had been large within the early afternoon on the Rectangular, however suspended regulars Rasheedat Ajibade and Halimatu Ayinde are actually obtainable for choice, and the versatile Jennifer Echegini and powerful ahead Want Oparanozie are additionally eager to get in on the beat.

“It’s a match and we’ve determined to take it one recreation at a time. We now have to return and proper sure lapses, like the best way to convert our alternatives. We can not afford to overlook good possibilities any longer,” defender Osinachi Ohale stated on the combined zone in Melbourne.

Nigeria will sq. as much as the Aussies on the Lang Park Stadium on Thursday (from 11am Nigeria time) with the world anticipated to be stuffed to its 52,000 -capacity.  



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