By Nurudeen Obalola:
Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon has not given up on his team reaching the round of 16 despite their 2-0 defeat to Australia in a FIFA Women's World Cup group clash on Friday.
The Nigerian ladies failed to build on their superb performance in their opening group game, the 3-3 draw with Sweden, and looked lethragic and short of ideas as the Aussies ran rings around them.
But Okon insists it is not over for the African champions, who face the United States of America next in their must-win final group game.
"It's one of those football games," Okon said moments after the match to the host broadcasters when asked to give his impression of the game. "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
"We still have a chance to advance when we play the USA. We're not out yet."
The Falcons face the USA on Wednesday at 1am Nigerian time needing to win to stand a chance of reaching the round of 16.
Okon also lamented the slightly controversial conclusion to the match as referee Stephanie Frappart blew the final whistle barely one minute into added time, in spite of the board saying four minutes.
"I don't know what happened with the referee. We hadn't even played 10 secs when she blew the whistle," he complained.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN