With three African teams making it to the Round of 16 this time, the Falcons realise they have to do something extra to keep their heads above the African rubble.
Morocco became the first African team to win consecutive matches at the Women’s World Cup without conceding a goal when they pipped South Korea and Colombia 1-0 respectively to set up a clash with France. They finished with six points to Nigeria’s five, and helped account for the group stage elimination of two-time champions Germany in the biggest shock of the competition till date.
South Africa’s Banyana Banyana are also supercharged after three credible games, in which they led Sweden before being edged 1-2, led Argentina before ending it at 2-2 and snatched a late winner in a dramatic 3-2 defeat of Italy.
To continue being the team Africa has to look up to, the Super Falcons must come big to the party on Monday, on a familiar turf, and with the words of NFF President Ibrahim Musa Gusau ringing in their ears.
“Our players are highly motivated and collectively ambitious. The match against England is a big one for them and they are keen to turn up on the day. Reaching the quarter-finals is a big possibility and they will go all out for it.”
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