As the zero hour to the kickoff of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany approaches swiftly, Super Falcons’ Ebere Oriji has warned that the world will see a brand new team bristling with vim and vitality and capable of going far in the tournament.
In an interview with fifa.com, the Nigerian ace said that they were not scared of playing Germany, who are in group A with the African champions and who during their last match, walloped the Super Falcons 8-0.
Ebere explained that the extreme weather conditions in Germany at the time the game was played, contributed to the huge German win.
“We’re going to work hard to put the 8-0 defeatby Germany behind us. We are not scared of them even though they a big side. Lots of factors contributed to that loss. The climate affected us; it was very cold and many of our players just aren’t used to playing in such extreme conditions. But this time around, we are ready for the test
“Because of that, no one can blame the team or the technical staff for what happened, and you only have to look at how we played in South Africa during the last African Football Championship to see that. We were a lot better. Honestly, the climate didn’t help us at all and that’s a question of what you’re used to”, added Orji.
And corroborating Orji’s view, Germany Coach, Silva Neid, said she was wary of the Falcons, who in her estimation are yet to show their true potentials. “I’m looking out for the USA and Brazil, but I’m wary of Nigeria as well. I know we beat them 8-0 last time out, but the Nigerians still haven’t shown the best of themselves. The chances are that they’ll have prepared well to get their revenge this summer”, said Coach Neid.
Nigeria flag-off their campaign on June 26 against France in Sinsheim, same day that Germany host Canada in Berlin.