Falconets star striker, Desire Ugochi Oparanozie has expressed optimism that the Nigeria U-20 Women’s side would record another road victory today in Kinshasha in the return leg of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifier against their DR Congo counterparts.
Oparanozie was not on scoring sheet at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta despite all her attempts when the first leg was played but she combined well with her fellow players which culminated in their 4-0 drubbing of their visitors on May 5th. With the second leg tie slated for today in the Central African nation, the Imo born speed-star assured NationSport that Falconets would aim for another win in Kinshasha despite the seeming unassailable advantage got in the first leg.
Brimming with confidence, she said; “We are going to Kinshasha to complete the good job we have started. We are not swayed by the 4-0 result we had in Nigeria. We are on a mission to here and it is to beat DR Congo at their backyard just like we did to the Young Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe in the second round. They will not escape a defeat.”
The Delta Queens of Asaba forward also spoke on her lack of goals in the last two home matches: “I knew that I struggled especially in our first match against Zimbabwe at Abeokuta but I had an improved performance which you also attested to in the tie against DR Congo even though I couldn’t score despite all my efforts. But I am happy that I created scoring chances which my teammates converted. I am not seeking personal glory because my country comes first and other things are just additions.”
Falconets got the four goals against DR Congo through inspirational skipper Gloria Ofoegbu who netted twice while Francisca Ordega and Ebere Orji got the two others as the wide margin put the Nigerians in comfortable lead and the favourites to pick one of the two tickets available for the continent to Japan 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup slated for August 19 through September 8, 2012. The race for the second berth will be decided in Accra this weekend also as the Black Princesses of Ghana square up with Tunisia. When the initial leg was played in Tunis a fortnight ago, Ghana won 3-1.
It is on record that Nigeria had participated in all the previous editions of the competition from 2002 when it was first held in Canada till the last one in 2010 in Germany.