Female national team, Super Falcons’ captain, Onome Ebi has disclosed that she and her colleagues have been motivated by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to retain the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Footballlive.ng gathered that Ebi admits the team have a major setback in their opening game against South Africa, but says they are now back in form and getting better with each passing match.
With that in mind, Ebi believes victory is certain over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday, following their return to winning ways against Zambia in their second group match of the ongoing championship.
She believes their victory on Wednesday means the team is gradually returning to great shape, and a sign of better things to come.
The fair-skinned experienced defender said it had never crossed her mind that the Falcons would leave the tournament at the group stage, but admits they now have to justify all support given them by the NFF.
Ebi said: “The NFF have done their part very well. The ball is now in our court to do our part and make Nigerians happy.
“(We’ll do that) by winning against Equatorial Guinea on Saturday and go ahead to win a ticket to the World Cup and also retain our African title.
“We are getting back to shape. In the first game against South Africa, it was not the Super Falcons that Africa knew that turned up.
“That defeat made us to talk hard to ourselves. I think we are getting back to the form known of Super Falcons, the champions.
“We are not there yet but we are still pushing ourselves to reach our normal level. I believe our third game will definitely be much better.
“To me, I see us in the semi finals already. I have strong faith in the team that we are going to beat Equatorial Guinea and then we will take the knockout stage one match at a time.
“Nigerians should keep praying for us. They should keep believing in the Super Falcons because we are here for the trophy and we are here to qualify for the World Cup.
“I believe that with hard work and with God on our side, we are going to achieve our twin objectives.”