Hostilities continue today at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada but Nigeria will take on Sweden in their opening group game tomorrow. Both nations have met twice in this competition previously.
Their first meeting was in 2003, when Sweden beat Nigeria 3-0, while the second was at the 2007 World Cup and it ended in a 1-1 draw where Cynthia Uwuak scored for Nigeria.
Nigeria is arguably the best team in Africa, coming off its ninth African Championship and making all seven World Cups. The Super Falcons have had success playing an all-out attacking style and score a lot of goals. It’s a bleak outlook in Group D, but this team is confident and anything is possible if Nigeria can win one of its early games against Sweden or Australia.
In an interview after the groups were released, Okon said his team is strong and his players have experience that could allow Nigeria to “shock the world.”
The Super Falcons are ranked 33rd in the World and have been in the World Cup every time. The Nigerian Ladies have made it past the group stage only once, that being in 1999 when they lost in the quarterfinals. The positives for the Coach Edwin Okon tutored team are with the success of the U-20 team.
The Falcons are the type of team that if you look past them to the next game, they will punish you for that. They need a good first step for the future and getting out a group that include the United States and Sweden would be