Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons have put behind them their third match at the Cyprus International Women’s Cup, as they are now preparing for a possible clash with South Africa in the contest.
After tumbling against Austria last Wednesday, the Falcons struggled to beat Slovakia on Friday and then lined out against Belgium on Monday, amidst reports that they could be set for another clash with SA.
The Falcons would remember that it was Banyana Banyana that first showed Nigerians signs that their adored female national team had lost a lot of bite, as they lost to the lasses from Nelson Mandela’s country in their first match at the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.
The Falcons then required penalties before they could beat South Africa in the AWCON 2018 final in Accra, such that locking horns with the same team for classification spots in Cyprus would be a fiery encounter.
The permutations for another clash are high, after Banyana Banyana suffered a second straight defeat in Cyprus on Monday afternoon.
After playing to a 2-2 draw with Finland in their opening Group A and then succumbing to a heavy 4-1 defeat to North Korea on Friday, Desiree Ellis’ ladies put up a brave performance in their final round robin match against Czech Republic.
Determined to get their first victory in the competition, Banyana took the lead in the 17th minute through midfielder Mamello Makhabane, who was set up by Linda Motlhalo.
It was a lead Banyana would take into half-time, but they could not hold on for the victory in the second half.
Czech Republic bounced back with goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to secure their second victory in the competition, after beating Finland 2-1 on Friday.
Nonetheless, the Cyprus Cup matches should tell the Falcons and Banyana coaches how much work they still need to do before the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France from June 7 to July 7.