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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Super Falcons talk tough ahead Germany clash



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Stella Mbachu of Nigeria slots the ball into the back of the net past goalkeeper Goundo Samake of Mali and defender Aicha Konate.

Super Falcons talk tough ahead Germany clash

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The Super Falcons are confident of emerging from Thursday's game against Germany at the ongoing FIFA Women's World Cup with a shock win.
A loss to the Germans in Frankfurt will see the Super Falcons bidding farewell to their chances of making it past the group stages of the World Cup even with a game to spare against the Canadians.
But the Nigerians have never ever beaten their German counterparts as all six previous encounters between both sides have ended in victories for the current world champions.
Their most recent meeting took place last November in Leverkusen with the Germans running away with an emphatic 8-0 win over a Super Falcons side that had only a few days earlier clinched the African title at the Women's Championship in South Africa.
It was the biggest ever defeat of the Super Falcons at the hands of the Germans and, with a partisan home crowd expected to urge them on in Thursday's game, there is every chance that the Nigerians might just end up suffering yet another huge defeat.
The Nigerian ladies however feel otherwise and are confident they can withstand the anticipated fireworks of the German team, and even unleash some of their own in Thursday's Group A clash in Frankfurt.
Different ball game
And according to skipper of the Nigerian side, Precious Dede, Thursday's meeting will be a different ball game compared to what happened in Leverkusen back in November.
"We won't take anything away from the Germans and their competence but the truth is, there were factors that greatly assisted them in that match," said Dede, recalling November's game where she let in five goals in the first half.
"Those factors will not be present on Thursday, and we are all determined to get a result out of this game following the loss to France," added the goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has denied a report in a national newspaper that it did not present match jerseys of the Super Falcons during the pre-match meeting prior to the game against France.
"That is a shameful report because nothing like that happened. We were asked to present our jerseys and we did that even before the French delegation. That is a blatant lie and it is not good for the nation's image," said NFF assistant general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, in a statement made available to NEXT.
He added: "We could not have failed to present the jerseys because we know it is a requirement for every match coordination meeting."