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‘Super Falcons will surprise critics’

08 June 2015, 20:36

Lagos - Ilorin based football pundit, Abdkareem Abdazeez says he is confident that the Super Falcons will pull a surprise at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

According to investigation, the preparation of the Super Falcons for the tournament and the players selected by coach Edwin Okon have been overly criticized by the media and Nigerians are not expecting any incredible performance from the team.

In an interview with News24 on Monday 8th June, Hayzed said, “I am confident that the team will surprise a lot of Nigerians at the tournament.”

“The players selected by the coach too have been criticized and that makes me feel that the team is likely to put all Nigerians who doubt them to sleep.

“Sometimes things like that happen. When you don’t expect a team to perform, that is when they do very well.

“Let’s just give them the support they will need. That is important for now because whether we like it or not, those players have already been selected by the coach.

“I suggest we all support them. But seriously, I believe Nigerians will be surprised at this year’s tourney,” he added.

Nigeria is in Group D with Sweden, Australia and USA.

They will lock horns with Sweden in their first group match at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex on Monday 8th June.

The match will get underway by 9pm Nigerian Time.

Super Falcons Squad:

Goalkeepers: Precious Dede (Ibom Angels, Nigeria); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Ibubeleye Whyte (Rivers Angels, Nigeria)

Defenders: Blessing Edoho (Pelican Stars, Nigeria); Osinachi Ohale (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Onome Ebi (FC Minsk, Belarus); Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Ugo Njoku (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons, Nigeria)

Midfielders: Evelyn Nwabuoku (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan); Halimatu Ayinde (Delta Queens, Nigeria); Martina Ohadugha (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels, Nigeria)

Forwards: Perpetua Nkwocha (Clemensnas IF, Sweden); Esther Sunday (FC Minsk, Belarus); Asisat Oshoala (Liverpool Ladies, England); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens, Nigeria); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Loveth Ayila (Rivers Angels, Nigeria); Courtney Dike (Oklahoma State University, USA); Ini-Abasi Umotong (Portsmouth Ladies, England)

-Soccer Laduma

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