Both nations came to Germany with high hopes and with fire in their bellies but as fate would have it,they will have to exit the competition empty handed.
After having lost to Germany and France narrowly,Nigeria will vent their fraustrations on the Canadians who themselves are seeking redemption after the 4-0 walloping at the hands of the French, by beating the African champions.
Looking at the statistics of both nations,Nigeria has an edge where true grit and skill is concerened but will Carolina Morace's ladies allow the Nigerians the luxury of walking all over them ? Nigeria has not done too well with 1 shot on goal,but has taken 12 shots with 2 goals conceded.Canada tells a similar tale with 13 shots taken,1 shot on goal with 6 goals conceded but with a goal scored against Germany by their captain,Christine Sinclair, coming into this game.
With pride to play for, the encounter between these two nations comes with it, drama and excitement as both nations attempt to stamp their authority on eachother. A 4-4-2 formation will be convenient for Nigeria against the Canadians who might go with a 4-3-3 with the intent of a goal haul.
If Nigeria plays compact with experienced players,Nkwocha and Chikwelu finding their rhythm by stringing their passes together and staying on their feet,expect a comfortable win for Nigeria but not without a fight from Canada.A 2-0 goal margin is not beyond the Nigerians if they contain Canada's captain, Sinclair and Matheson who are bound to be at their best.
As important as Ohale is to the team, she would have to tone down her tackles in order not to attract unnecessary attention for herself and her defense.This game will be one for Oparanozie to announce her presence as Nigeria's premium goal poacher should she bury all the chances she is presented with.A win is a must and the Falcons must deliver this time around.
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