Oshoala: No group can rival Nigeria at AWCON

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala is assured that not one of the different sides competing within the 2018 Africa Girls Cup of Nations can rival the Tremendous Falcons as they go in quest of their record-extending ninth AWCON title.

Nigeria have dominated the match, profitable eight of the earlier 10 editions, with solely Equatorial Guinea (twice) denying them a clear sweep.

Regardless of the standard of the likes of Cameroon, South Africa and hosts Ghana, Oshoala would not imagine anybody will stand in Nigeria’s method as they seek out one other crown.

“Each time you see Nigeria, you realize there isn’t a different competitor, we’re right here to win the trophy,” she informed ESPN.

“We’re right here to make our nation proud as soon as extra, the ladies are prepared to provide 100 p.c at each cut-off date.”

Three-time CAF Girls’s Participant of the Yr Oshoala will doubtless be central to Nigeria’s hopes, with the 24-year-old having received the Participant of the Event award in Cameroon two years in the past.

“I’ve been to this stage [several times before],’ she continued. “I’m not below any strain.

“I am simply being me, simply taking part in my regular sport and having enjoyable.

“I do know there are many expectations, however this isn’t about me, it’s concerning the group first,” she concluded. “I’m simply right here to have enjoyable and make my nation proud.”

Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby did not fairly share his star participant’s bullish optimism, and sounded a observe of warning relating to the Tremendous Falcons’ would-be rivals for the title.

“We’re defending champions,” he started. “All people needs to beat Nigeria and that positively places us below strain.

“Nonetheless, we have now to reside with that, and I feel we have now likelihood to defend the title, that is our intention.”

Nigeria open their marketing campaign towards South Africa on the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, and have additionally been drawn alongside Zambia and Equatorial Guinea.

“Profitable it once more will not be simple however that is our intention,” Dennerby continued. “We all know that different groups have improved lots because the final match.

“A few of them have actually finished good preparation, they’ve performed plenty of friendlies and so we all know that we are going to play good groups.

“That is good for girls’s soccer as a result of increasingly more groups are getting higher.”

“South Africa are group,” he concluded. “We begin with a troublesome sport towards them however that is only one of three video games within the group.

“I feel if we keep calm and give attention to our sport and do not assume a lot about what’s going on round us, that is most likely one of the simplest ways to arrange a group and do your job.”

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