Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has expressed confidence they will beat the Tarenga Lionesses when both sides face each other in the qualifiers for the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The Senegal women’s team host their Nigerian counterparts today in Dakar in the first leg of the qualifier but despite playing away from home, Oparanozie is confident they will get a win.
“We are confident of getting a win in Dakar,” she said. “We have the focus of making the Nations Cup and we cannot allow Senegal or any other team stop us from achieving that.
“The girls are all fired up and the expectation is the same, which is to get a win and make the second leg easier for us.”
The 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations comes up in November in Cameroon and the Super Falcons are defending champions, having won the last edition in Namibia in 2014 and while they will be expected to lift the trophy again, Oparanozie says they must take it one step at a time.
“We have to take these things one step at a time,” she posited. “We have to talk about qualifying first because we cannot talk about winning a competition we have not qualified for.
“But we are very confident that we will and we have to start from Senegal, get a win and make it easier for us when they visit us at home,” she added.