Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala has virtually declared warn on France, as she says she and other players in Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons will be out to take all spoils from Monday’s last group match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, while one of the African champions’ most experienced stars, Rita Chikwelu concurs.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, while Chikwelu reasoned that it will be a tough game against the hosts, Oshoala expressed a strong verdict that the Falcons can get something out of the game, and pick a round of 16 ticket on Monday.
Following the Falcons’ 2-0 win against South Korea in their second group match on Wednesday, Oshoala is of a view that the Nigerian squad have played themselves back into contention for a round of 16 ticket.
The ex-Robo Queens of Lagos, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt, Liverpool, and Arsenal of England as well as former Dialin Quanjian of China star, is equally optimistic of a good game against France on Monday, because she reckons that Group A is now open to the three top teams.
Nigeria are third on the Group A log with three points from two games and will hope to claim their spot in the next round when they face Les Bleus on Monday, ahead of which Oshoala says she is staying confident.
Oshoala, who is the Falcons’ vice-captain at the ongoing championship in France, is upbeat about their chances of earning their second win in the competition, at the expense of the host country.
She, however, admitted that the Nigerian players will have to keep their heads and stay calm, even under expected pressure from the French lasses, who will be all to keep their winning momentum going.
Although there is also the big issue of the Falcons having lost to the same French squad 8-0 during a recent friendly, Oshoala stressed that she cannot be cowed heading into any match, considering that it is always a case of 11-against-11 on either side.
Oshoala stressed: “I always say that I’m never under pressure – I just go on the pitch and do my job.
“It’s an 11-player game and I just look to enjoy the game, have fun and do the right thing for my team.
“The group is wide open now. We just have to concentrate now on making sure we get the points we need against France.
“We have to see what we can get out of it. Everyone just keeps being yourself.
“Put in more effort. Stay concentrated on the pitch, it has to be 100 per cent on the pitch.
“Just stick to the game plan and always remember where you are supposed to be at every point in time.”
On her part, Falcons’ alternate skipper, Chikwelu is of the opinion that the midfield battle will be key to whether they win or lose against France, who she admits will be tougher opponents.
The Kristianstad FC midfielder said: ”It is not going to be an easy game, everybody knows that, we are going there to fight to get a point.
”It is going to be a physical game in midfield, we know their midfielders, likewise they know us.
“We are not going to give them any space to operate in the midfield. I have one hundred percent confidence that we can do it.”