Nkwocha, Oparanozie ready to destroy Zimbabwe

Super Falcons’ striker, Perpetua Nkwocha, says she is ready to lead the team’s
attack on Sunday when they face Zimbabwe's Mighty Warriors in Harare.

The game is the first leg of the 2012 African Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifying match.

Nkwocha, four-time African Women Footballer of the Year winner, is one of three
foreign based players called up for the match, and says she believes that a
convincing win in the first leg will all but secure the Falcons’ passage into the
AWC finals to be hosted by 2008 champions, Equatorial Guinea.

Speaking after the team’s training at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Nkwocha reiterated the importance of scoring as many away goals as possible against their

“I am ready to play against Zimbabwe and I’m sure my team mates are ready too. It is important that we score as many goals as we can, and if we apply all the coach has told us to do in the field of play, we will beat them.”

Desire Oparanozie, who scored a goal for the Falconets against the Junior Warriors
in April, says the game against the Zimbabwe senior national team will be a much
tougher challenge, but expects the Falcons to pull through unscathed.

“We played against the Zimbabwe U-20’s but we can’t really compare the U-20 team with their senior team. I have not played against the senior team before so I think it’s going to be a different game all together.

“It is going to be a massive game for us tomorrow and we wouldn’t want anything to set us back. We came all the way from Nigeria to pick up the 3pts and I know that with God on our side we are going to achieve it,” she said.

The match will be played on Rufaro Stadium’s synthetic pitch, but Oparanozie,
believes the Falcons will have no problems playing on the turf.

“It is easy playing on that turf because back home in Abuja we’ve been training on
artificial turf so it’s not going to be a new thing to us because we’ve adapted to
synthetic field.”

$1 to watch Falcons

Organizers of the African Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifying game between Zimbabwe and Nigeria expect a large turnout of fans at the Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The Nigeria U-20 team, the Falconets, attracted a huge crowd when they defeated the Junior Mighty Warriors by 3-0 at the 35,000 capacity stadium in Harare, and a larger crowd is expected to watch the senior teams in action.

The gate fee has also been cut down from $15 – the amount it cost fans to watch the junior sides play – to $10, with the cheapest ticket available at $1.

Kick-off is at 3pm local time (2pm Nigerian time).
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