Nigeria Must Beat South Africa, Says Onome

Ahead of their crunch semi final clash in the African Women Championship, AWC, Super Falcons central defender Onome Ebi says the match is key to reclaiming the title they lost two years ago in Equatorial Guinea.
Onome, a prominent member of the team that lost to Van Wyk’s solitary strike at this same stage in 2012, said they would not allow the mistakes of that defeat to repeat itself again in Namibia.
She said the mistakes were actually that of poor finishing in front of goal and that they were complacent during the game, adding that they have learnt their lessons and will not allow such to happen again.
“We lost to Banyana last time because we were not able to take our chances and they took theirs and converted their only chance to win. We have learnt our lesson and that will be our guiding principle when we meet South Africa on Wednesday in the semi final.
“This match means so much to us. We know a win will give us a ticket to the Women’s World Cup aside from taking home the trophy, so we shall take the match as if it is the final. We have to revenge that loss and restore our pride as African Queens. We just have to beat them to reach the final”, she said.
She continued; “to me this is the most important game for us as a win qualifiers us for World Cup next year and it will further show we are the best in Africa. We have young and energetic players who have made Falcons a stronger team”.
Onome who plies her trade in Belarus with FK Minsk stated that her confidence is boosted by the calibre of strikers and the energy the young girls bring into the team, adding that Banyana, Banyana will no doubt be tough but that they must fall.

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