Lagos - Ahead of their opening fixture against Sweden on Monday at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, coach of Nigeria’s senior women’s football team, the Super Falcons, Edwin Okon, has told News24 Nigeria that he hopes to start the competition on a winning note.
The Rivers Angels gaffer, who will also come up against Australia and the United States of America in group D of the competition, says seeing how tough their group is, it is imperative they start with a win against the Swedes.
“We have to start the competition on a winning note,” he told News24 Nigeria.
“In a competition of this magnitude and when you consider the group we are in, we may have no choice but to start by hitting the ground running.
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“Sweden, Australia and the USA won’t be easy at all and I’m sure those countries also feel the same way about us, so every one of the teams will definitely be looking at starting with a win.”
The African champions have what is arguably the most fearsome strike-force heading into the competition, with veteran Perpetual Nkwocha, Desire Oparanozie, Ini-Abasi Umotong, Francisca Ordega and rave of the moment, Asisat Oshoala, but Okon has downplayed that and says it will be about the entire team and not just the attack.
“We have 23 players and all of them are expected to play a role at some point, so it’s not just about our strikers,” he said.
The face the Swedish ladies at 9pm Nigerian time on Monday.