By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Falcons defender Onome Ebi is not afraid of Nigeria’s group opponents in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Edwin Okon’s team will face women’s football superpowers USA and Sweden, plus Australia in group matches in Canada but the FK Minsk of Belarus defender while speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com warns their group rivals that the Falcons are not in Canada as also-rans.
“We (Super Falcons) will participate in the World Cup to compete and not to make up the numbers,” the defender told completesportsnigeria.com.
“The team have not played world class quality friendlies but there are some games lined up for us with great teams. Hopefully we should be ready for the World Cup matches after playing these friendlies.
“People keep saying we do well at the African level but don’t perform well at the World Cup. This is our motivation.”
The Falcons star was a member of the Nigerian national team that took part in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cups and the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Matches in the group will be played from 8 to 16 June 2015.
Dilichukwu Onyedinma, the head of the women’s department of the Nigeria Football Federation, disclosed before the Falcons’ departure to Canada that the NFF had finalised plans for friendlies against countries like England, Canada and New Zealand for the African champions, but she would not give out any dates for such matches.
The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup sees the expansion of competing teams from 16 to 24.
The World Cup will be held in six Canadian cities between June 6 to July 5 and will have the goal-line technology making its debut at the Women’s World Cup.
The Falcons are in Toronto, Canada after departing Nigerian shores on Tuesday night.