Super Falcons Coach Edwin Okon is confident that the players he is taking to the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada are battle ready to ensure they play in the final of the tournament.
Okon told Complete Sports shortly before the jetted out to Canada on the last lap of their build up for the FIFA tournament, that the underdog tag of his team is good as it will take some pressure off the girls.
He said the target is not to only better the previous quarter final record of the team at World Cup but to reach the final, adding that the girls are ready to give their best to achieve their target.
"We know we are drawn in a very difficult group but I can assure you that we don't fear anybody. We shall respect other teams but we will not be jittery because of their names or countries. So long as it is 11 versus 11 on the pitch, there is no shaking,” says Okon.
"I have heard people saying we cannot survive the likes of USA and Sweden in our group but our plan is to give our best and top the group so to get an easier second round opponent. We are not going to Canada to participate but to compete for honours," Okon said.
Okon was also confident that experience the players have garnered over the years will go a long way in helping them to excel in the tournament.
He said that his team will take shape after playing two international friendly games with New Zealand and host Canada before the kick off of the World Cup.
Asked why he is going to the world cup with the likes Perpetua Nkwocha and Precious Dede, Coach Okon responded "who says the two of them are tired? They may be aged but I can tell you that they made the list on merit"
"Perpetual will be one of the first names on my final list because of what she brings to the team in and outside the pitch. She is an asset in the dressing room and her experience during games will give us stability" Okon concluded.
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