By Jacob Ajom
The national female U-20 football team, the Falconets arrived Bochum Monday ahead of todayâ€™s group C match with Las Aztecas of Mexico.
The encounter that will decide the group and probably a fourth successive quarter_final place for the Nigerian girls.
Coach Egan Adat is confident his wards will rise to the occasion and he owes his confidence to the to the combination up front of Ebere Orji and Desire Oparanozie.
Soon after beating Japan, the coach said his players were more clinical in front of goal. He looked forward to the match against Mexico with optimism.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased and happy for my players. But we now need to focus on Mexico, our upcoming opponents. Weâ€™re not quite there yet â€“ we need to make sure of our place in the next round in the final group match,â€
Continuing, coach Egan said, â€œAs I said after our opening draw with England, my players have a winning mindset. In the first game, all we were lacking was that little bit of luck you need to claim three points. Against Japan our game clicked into place right from the kick_off, and we overcame them with our strength and speed.â€
Nigerian forward Ebere Orji was confident. â€We try to stamp our style of play on games, by controlling possession and attacking in numbers,â€ said Orji, who with three assists has played a key role in all of Nigeriaâ€™s goals thus far.
â€œMany of the players in the squad know each other from our New Zealand 2008 campaign and that familiarity extends to the field of play The match between Nigeria and Mexico comes up from 2 pm Nigerian time