Oparanozie: We Defied All Odds To Win 2016 AWCON

Oparanozie: We Defied All Odds To Win 2016 AWCON

By Johnny Edward (Photo courtesy of @thenff):

Super Falcons forward, Desire Oparanozie, has admitted that their 1-0 win over Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon on their home soil (Yaounde)  in the final of the 2016 Women's Africa Cup of Nations was one of the toughest games the team played  in recent times, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Oparanozie, scored the winner for the Falcons in the encounter, and she noted that the back-to-back champions defiled so many odds to stay unbeaten in their last 13 games in the competition. 

The last time the Super Falcons lost a game at the AWCON was against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in 2012.

"It was a tough tournament, but I'm happy we won again," Oparanoize who scored three goals at the tournament told Completesportsnigeria.com after the team's arrival in Lagos  from Yaounde

"They were very rough and we had to maintain a good level of focus to see most of our games through," 

She however predicted that the 2018 edition in Ghana will be tougher as the quest to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be at stake.

"Other teams are doing well now and next edition will be tougher because most teams will be targeting an appearance at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France. 

"But we will be ready to defend our crown just as we just did in Cameroon."