|Onome Ebi of Nigeria looks dejected after loosing the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group A match between Nigeria and France at Rhein-Neckar-Arena on June 26, 2011 in Sinsheim, Germany|
Super Falcons’ Coach, Eucharia Uche is still upbeat on the team's chances in their second game against Germany on Thursday despite losing by a lone goal in their first Group Match against France on Sunday. Uche was of the opinion that every team is still beatable just as she rued the chances missed by Desiree Oparanozie who had the best opening of the first half but was unable to convert with only Sapowicz to beat.
She said: "It is so unfortunate that France has to run away with one goal. That is football. it is never over in football until it is over. You never can tell it is a game of football. we have to work hard and prepare for the other game. Though Germany is a good side, but I still believe that any team in this competition is still, beatable. It is a pity that Oparanozie could not convert the chances she got into a goal."
The result extends Nigeria’s winless streak to eight matches dating back to 1999. The Super Falcons now face the daunting task of trying to take something from Thursday’s meeting with Germany to keep alive their hopes of progressing.
Meanwhile, Falcons’ player, Perpetual Nwokocha has expressed disappointment at the loss. She said: "I' m very dissapointed,I think its football, we had the chance but we couldn't finish. Although the fans cheered us up more so not just us but France too. I was not nervous as I have played in this kind of situation."
Nwokocha is however optimistic against Germany as she said: "We will try hard to fight hard to win our next game as we play Germany on Thursday."
By Ejiro Femi-Babafemi