The defender was granted an interview where she laments on why they will not let hostile comments from football enthusiast have negative impact on their games. She said the aftermath of their game against South Africa was not friendly, but the team is determined to work towards success regardless their first game they lost. They returned to winning ways following their victory over Botswana and Burundi.
The Falcons will play indomitable Lioness this evening to decide who proceed to the semi-final stages.
“Nigeria has always been a team to beat,, and you don’t let those kinds of talks bring you down,” the 30-year-old said.
“There are some talks that you hear, and you can only let it motivate you.
“Cameroon, like other teams here, wants to beat us and on our part we want to keep winning. You continue to work on your game, continue to trust in the coaches, the staff, and your teammates.”
Coach Randy Waldrum who was forced to make apology after his negative comments says they don’t fear anybody and the absence of Asisat Oshoala should not be a problem.
“We don’t fear anybody, but we have the right amount of respect to know that if we don’t perform well, they’re capable of beating us,” Waldrum said.
“You have to have the respect for your opponent. But you have to go out and impose your way and your will, and you can’t do that if you’re afraid to play somebody.
“I don’t think our players fear Cameroon.”
The American was also quick to play down the absence of forward Asisat Oshoala, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.
“We did not have Asisat for our qualifiers [against Ghana and Ivory Coast] or in Canada for the friendlies. So, it’s not like our team has had Asisat recently with us a lot,” he added.
“When you lose a star player, it affects your team in some ways. The good thing about it is we have a lot of good attacking players.”
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