Abuja - On
paper, Australia who is 10th on the FIFA ranking has a better chance to secure
the maximum point when they face Nigeria who are 33rd on the FIFA
ranking on June 12, in the ongoing 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
But a look at performances in the
first match, the Matildas who have reached the quarter finals twice in a row
will no doubt admit that the Super Falcons of Nigeria could steal the show off
The Nigerian Ladies who might be the
surprise package of the tournament have shown in their 3-3 draw against Sweden
that they can control the tempo of the game and are never scared to throw shots
at the opponent's goal area.
The Super Falcons have also shown pace and strength as they turn
defense to attack at will. The African champions must hit the ground running
right from the blast of the whistle, coming from behind at all times may not be
the best approach if they want to go far in this tournament.
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Set piece has been a major problem to the Nigerians who conceded
two quick goals against Sweden from corner kicks crowding their goalkeeper,
Precious Dede from expressing herself.
The Australians are yet to pick a
point after one match and going into the second match they know a win will get
them right on track.
The Matildas produced 11 shots with
six of them on target but could only score just a goal shows how wasteful the
team can be. With a young squad on display, Australia could offer spread,
strength and skills.
Both teams has the potential to secure
a second place spot in Group D but the Nigerians will come into this match with
gusto, determination and confidence having secured a point from their first
match while Australia may be cautious of making those mistakes that left them
empty handed in their first match against USA.