Nigeria’s Super Falcons, would like to separate their pound of flesh and redeem their picture against France as they face have country in resentment last Group A match today in Rennes.
Falcons third on the log with 3 points gratitude to their 2-0 drubbing of North Korea a week ago, needs only a draw to achieve the knockout rounds of the FIFA World Cup.
France top the standings in Group A after they won their first two games, while Norway are second on three points following their 3-0 prevail upon the Falcons.
This is the third time Nigeria and France will locking horns, however the host has dependably had an upper hand against the African Champions in their past meetings.
At the 2011 World Cup in Germany, France dealt with a 1-0 prevail upon Falcons in the group stage, courtesy of Marie-Laure Delie strike in the 56th minute, yet the Thomas Dennerby tutored women, endured their most humiliating defeat in the hands of the Les Bleus during an international friendly in 2018, which finished 8-0 for the hosts.
What makes today’s game much fascinating, is the way that it will be an open door for some club partners to meet once more.
For Nigeria captain Desire Oparanozie, meeting with hosts tonight at the Roazhon Park in Rennes will resemble playing on “home soil”.
“I’m excited playing in France and playing against France as well. I have a couple of my friends in the French team.
“When you’re playing against the host nation, you’re not just playing against 11 players, you’re playing against the crowd,” warned Oparanozie.
Her partners in Gu-ingamp, Julie Debever, Emelyne Laurent (on loan from Lyon) and Solène Durand have all played with Oparanozie this season.
“I know her( Desire) pretty well because I play with her at Guingamp”, said the French goalkeeper.
“When we saw we were going to play each other, she gave us some sticks at training. She was like ‘I’ll score a goal against you, I’ll score a goal against you’.”