With Nigeria and South Korea on the brink of exiting the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby says he expects a tough game between both teams.
While South Korea were walloped 4-0 in their opening game against host nation, France in Paris, Nigeria were thrashed 3-0 by Norway in Reims over the weekend.
Both teams are set to square off in a matchday two encounter today (Wednesday) at the Stade des Alpes, Grenoble.
The Falcons, nine-time African champions, have been representing Africa at the world stage since the inception of the tournament in 1991, but have only reached the quarterfinals once.
While reflecting on the Falcons’ unfortunate loss in Reims, 59-year-old Dennerby, who is upbeat about a Round of 16 place, insists beating the South Koreans remain their top priority for now.
“First of all, we have to focus on winning our next game against South Korea because if we don’t have three points, then we are totally out,” the coach told a news conference on Tuesday.
“So, we want to win this game and I know it is the same situation as South Korea. Definitely, it’s going to be a battle.
“I’m still confident that if we can bring our good performances against Norway to this game, we have a really good chance.
“We know that South Korea is a skilful team with very good passing play and quick players with good buildup play.
“We definitely respect them to and will come the game with a lot of humility. I feel if we use our best strength, power and speed that we really have a good chance.”
Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 2:00p.m Nigeria time.