Former Super Falcons coach, Ismaila Mabo has mapped out a plot on how the Thomas Dennerby tutored side could still bounce back after an opening day 3-0 defeat to Norway.
Speaking with Brila, Mabo noted that he wasn’t surprised by the defeat to Norway, but he hopes history would favor the falcons on Wednesday when they face South Korea as his side defeated North Korea in 1995.
“I don’t think anyone who has been following female football will be surprised with the result against Norway. Even though we have prepared well i still had stated that it would not be an easy game because we are far apart from them.I want to pray that history repeats itself for Nigeria against Korea remember my side in 1995 defeated North Korea. However, i fear for the team’s encounter against France”, he said.
Mabo also spoke about the 1999 world cup where Nigeria got to the quarter-final noting that his players were highly disciplined and it was really sad they lost to Brazil.
“My team back then were very disciplined and composed. When we played against the Brazilian girls in the knockout stage it was just sad. i still say it wil not be easy against the host nation. It will be more difficult.”
The Super Falcons flagged off their 2019 FIFA Women’s world cup campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Norway. Goals from Reiten(17′), Utland(34′) and an own goal in the 37th minute by Osinachi Ohale took the game beyond the reach of the African champions.
Nigeria will face Korea on Wednesday at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.