Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons have been rated high by the coach of their next opponent at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as France coach, Corinne Diacre says she must think well before making his choice for Monday’s game.
France still top Group A with six points, but the hosts will tango a Nigerian side boosted by their 2-0 win against South Korea on Wednesday and seeking an upset to confirm their place in the round of 16 for the first time in five attempts at this championship.
All those factors are what Diacre has taken into account, and the French tactician admits she is expecting a difficult game when they face Nigeria in their final Group A match at Roazhon Park, Rennes on Monday.
The hosts maintained their one hundred percent record by beating Norway 2-1 thanks to Eugenie Le Sommer’s winner from the spot 18 minutes from time, while the Falcons brightened their chances of qualifying by beating Korea in Grenoble.
Consequently, the Falcons need at least a draw against Les Bleues to be certain of progressing to the last sixteen, which Diacre says could make the nine-time African champions very cagey in Monday’s game.
Diacre said: ”As far as Nigeria team is concerned, we are going to have to think about this long and hard.
“I’m going to relax, think about it, then we will reflect on things – what we can do, who may stay on the bench.
”Norway gave us a hard time, Nigeria will probably do the same. We are just going to stay put and fight hard to win that match against Nigeria.”