The Super Falcons will miss the suspended duo of left back Ngozi Ebere and midfielder Rita Chikwelu. However, Dennerby could draft former captain Evelyn Nwabuoku to fill the gap in the defence, with Osinachi Ohale moving to the left back as another possible option Faith Michael is injured and out of the tournament.
Either Sweden –based Ogonna Chukwudi, home –based Amarachi Okoronkwo or Portugal –based Chinaza Uchendu will start in place of Rita Chikwelu in midfield.
Nigeria lost their opening match 0-3 to Norway in Reims, before snatching all three points from Korea Republic and losing 0-1 – a late penalty – to host nation France in Rennes. Yet, this is the first time in 20 years that Nigeria would be making the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. And with the leading lights of the team unlikely to still be strong enough for the next edition of the competition, an energetic throw-of-the-dice against the Germans on Saturday is most likely.
It is also the first time ever that two African teams will be making the knockout rounds, after Ajara Nchout’s 95th minute winner against New Zealand sent the Indomitable Lionesses to the Round of 16, where they clash with England in Valenciennes on Sunday. Remarkably, the Lionesses also reached the Round of 16 in Canada four years ago.