By Ekikere Udofia
Nigeria’s Super Falcons take on Zambia’s Shepolopolo as the Africa Women Cup of Nations, AWCON continues in Ghana. Guest writer, Ekikere Udofia breaks down the contest she calls a ‘David versus Goliath’ encounter.
The Super Falcons will square up against the Zambia’s Shepolopolo in a game I describe as the Goliath vs David battle.
Here’s my breakdown of the contest.
1) Time Difference:-
There is a one hour difference between both countries. While it’s 4:30 pm in Nigeria, in Zambia it’s 5:30 pm.
2) Zambia has never won this tournament before as compared to Nigeria who have never missed an edition since inception and owns the best record of eight titles.
3) Zambia’s biggest defeat in women football at this level was inflicted by Nigeria (6-0) at the 2014 AWCON in Namibia.
– What they said –
“We are ready for the game against Nigeria, we know their concentration will be on us to get all three points. We are ready for the showdown. ~ Bruce Mwape (Zambia coach)
“Barbara Banda should be ready for tomorrow’s game but she picked up a knock in training yesterday so the doctors will tell us if she’s fit or not.”
– Bruce Mwape (Zambia coach)
“I like Francisca Ordega, Oshoala has speed. I have my own strength. It will be a tough game but we are not ready to give out the three points.
We want to become champions like them. We want to feel how they feel as Champions.
It is the drive in me that will make our team fight to the end ~ Mary Mwakapila .” (Zambian player)
“Tomorrow’s (today) game is a crucial one, we are prepared. We have made corrections to our last game, we will put our heads up high and deliver tomorrow because we are not going to disappoint our fans.”
~ Osinachi Ohale – (Nigerian player)
“Our fight begins on Wednesday with a win against Zambia.” ~ Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria coach)
SOUTH AFRICA VS EQUATORIAL GUINEA
South Africa is two hours ahead 8:30 pm.
Equatorial Guinea is one hour ahead 7:30 pm
“Our win against Nigeria is a big motivation going into the game against Equatorial Guinea but we have put that behind us because Nigeria is not the only team in this tournament. There are still teams we need to play and ensure we get past them.” ~ South Africa vice-captain Refiloe Jane
“The match against Zambia was a difficult one for us because we came here with injured players. Against South Africa, we will push more and put in more effort to win the game.
“In Africa, we are the second best after Nigeria, some of our players are not here. Everybody knows the situation we have as regards our players. ~ Chinasa Okoro (Equatorial Guinea).