Nigeria’s power-playing trio – Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega – all must play with caution as they are each on a yellow card and would be ruled out of the Round of 16 if they are cautioned against the Les Bleues on Monday.
The 28,000 –capacity Roazhon Park in Rennes is venue for Monday’s big FIFA Women’s World Cup clash between Nigeria and France, with group leaders Les Bleues already qualified for the knockout rounds and the Super Falcons looking for a ticket to that corridor.
The African champions refuse to be bothered by the big occasion and captain Desire Oparanozie told thenff.com they know the approach to adopt in Rennes.
“The win over Korea Republic taught us that so much is possible if we put our minds to it and we work hard. There is nothing to fear. We will go in there against France and give our best, and we are confident that our best will be good enough to take us to the next round.”
Head Coach Thomas Dennerby took his charges through a pre-match final training session on Sunday at the Stade Edmund Blanchet and reiterated that a positive mindset, as well as a calm, collected and surefooted approach can work wonders for the Falcons against the French.