By Jude Opara
Ahead of the expected high octane Group D clash of the France 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup between the Nigeria’s Falconets and their Chinese counterparts today, the Nigerian girls are set to clinch the final group ticket which will guarantee them a quarter finals qualification.
Nigeria will reach the competition’s knockout stages for the seventh time in nine editions if they avoid defeat against the Chinese at the Stade de Clos Gastel.
The Falconets had relied on the strike from the penalty spot, by captain Rasheedat Ajibade, to claim the maximum points against Haiti on Thursday, a result which placed them second behind Germany due to their superior goals ahead of China who had earlier defeated Haiti 2-1.
Already, the team has assured Nigerians that will put in every effort to ensure that the country secures the last group qualification since it is the only way they can remain in the championship. Head Coach, Chris Danjuma further revealed that the team will attack their opponents fright from the blast of the whistle.
“It is going to be a very busy encounter from the first blast of the whistle. We are not expecting an easy match. I said from the beginning that if we must reach the Final, we have to play and overcome very tough teams.
“We have no illusions. The Chinese squad is a very ambitious one, and we have to be at our best to overcome them. We will go out there and give our very best,” Danjuma stated yesterday.
Certainly, the bigger pressure is on the Chinese, who have to win to secure a place in the last eight, while a draw will effectively see Nigeria through to the quarter finals.