Abuja - Ahead of the
second group D match against the Matildas of Australia at the ongoing FIFA
Women's World Cup, Executive Committee member of the Nigeria Football
Federation and Chairperson of the Nigeria Women's Football League, Dilichukwu
Onyedinma has praised the efforts of Nigeria's Super Falcons in their first
group match against Sweden whilst urging them to go all out for victory against
Australia in their next Group D encounter.
Onyedinma, who is
also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Football Federation Women Football
Committee, said she never lost hope when the Falcons were two goals down, but
rued the several opportunities the team missed to win the game.
thanks to God for giving us the result we got against Sweden. Nobody gave us a
chance before the match because Sweden is ranked among the toughest teams in
this World Cup. They have always participated in World Cup and have always done
well. They are actually rated number five in the world.
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"I am happy
the FIFA ranking did not affect our girls, because they went all out to play
football. I never lost hope; any time our team is playing, I never lose hope
because these girls are committed and they know what they want so I had hoped
that they would turn it around. We missed several scoring chances that
could have changed the game for us but we are grateful to God that we were able
to hold Sweden and made a point," she was quoted through official sources.
on Friday, Onyedinma said she wants the team to go for the three points at
take our chances because that’s the only way to go ahead in the tournament. We
have a bright chance to defeat Australia, so that we can be rest assured of
reaching the knock-out stage even before facing the USA,” Onyedinma concluded.