Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt goalkeeper, Chiamaka Cynthia Nnadozie has declared that she and her pals in Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons will be stronger and more determined for victory against hosts, France, in their next game at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although France will enter the match in Rennes come Monday on the strength of memories of how they trounced the Falcons 8-0 during a friendly in April 2018, Nnadozie insists the Nigerians are now wiser and victory against South Korea on Wednesday has boosted their morale.
On April 6 last year, at MM Arena, France scored thrice in the first half. as Eugenie Le Sommer opened scoring after 20 minutes, Valerie Gauvin added the second 17 minutes after, and Gaetane Thiney scored the third on the stroke of halftime.
The French hosts had 67 per cent possession and five shots on target while the Nigerian team had none, but Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby made changes at half time, sending on Ugo Njoku and Glory Ogbonna for Josephine Chukwunonye and Ngozi Ebere.
Sadly, the changes seemed to have weakened the Falcons as the French team scored five additional goals in the second stanza, starting with one by Aminata Diallo.
Just a minute earlier, Eugénie Le Sommer had produced a mazy run and a thunderous shot that was well held by Nnadozie but Diallo later on beat the keeper for the fourth with a rasping effort from the edge of the box.
Gauvin got the fifth in the 70th minute as Ouleymata Sarr’s shot fell kindly for her to put past Nnadozie, who then saved a bicycle kick from Le Sommer in the 73rd minute.
However, it soon became 6-0, when a break down the right flank on 78 minutes produced Gauvin’s brace and that was quickly followed by an own goal from Faith Ikidi-Michael, before Marie-Charlotte Leger sealed the rout with a well-placed shot three minutes into added time.
Despite memories of that defeat still fresh on her mind, Nnadozie is staying upbeat about the chances of Nigeria on Monday, and says the Falcons will go all out with their best efforts so far in this competition.
Nnadozie said: “I believe we will do better in our last game. We will come out stronger and play with more determination.
“Our performance against South Korea was good enough. We did not start well, but we finished well.
“It has given us a lot confidence that we will get to the next stage. The girls are ready, and I believe we will qualify for the second round.”