How Super Falcons Will Beat Germany.



Africa's only remaining team in the ongoing 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France enters the round of 16 with a mouthwatering fixture between 9 times African Champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria and European football super powerhouse as well as two time Women's World Cup Champions_Germany.
The match is scheduled to kick off by 4.30p.m Nigerian time.

The two teams have met four times in women’s football with the Germans winning all four previous encounters

It is a fixture that could spring one of the biggest upsets in women's football. It is the heavyweight vs women's World Cup underdogs.

Nigeria's best attempt at the world cup is a round of 16 exit in 1999.

In contract, Germany, have lifted the Women's World Cup trophy twice in 2003 and 2007 in the days of Birgit Prinz who scored a total of 14 world cup goals.

However, FOOTYTOOL’s ADEKANYE OPEOLUWA opines some “tweaks” that could do the “tricks” to help Super Falcons overcome the herculean task at hand;

(1) Uchenna Kanu must start upfront; its a no brainer that the best way to go against European defenders like Carolin Simon, kathrin Hendrich, leonie Maier & Marina Hegerin amongst others, is to utilize skillful attackers.

The very mean Germany are yet to concede a single goal after three matches despite playing against to opponents like Spain.

The Falcons will thus rely more on tact than strength to beat the German defenders.

Falcon's forward Kanu is a hungry striker destined to shine. If the Coach can deploy her in a more advanced position it will be more favourable.

Oparanozie has not had the bite in previous matches save the own goal she forced on Asian defender, Kim do Yeun.

Oparanozie’s best attributes includes power and strength which works well against fellow African footballers but never against European footballers.

In Kanu’s brief cameo against Norway (an European side) and France another European side, she was able to beat their defenders simply because she is skillful and full of flair, the step over she she pulls here and there caused a lot of problems for the defenders.

Coach Dennerby must simply abandon Strength for skill and flair.

The German women’s coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg says ahead of the clash against Nigeria;
“We know we are up against a tough opponent. It’s always difficult to play African sides, they have good mentality, lots of pace and lots of physical presence in their team”

Germany would be dealt a rude shock should Dennerby abandon physical presence for flair and would surely swing the pendulum in Nigeria’s way.

(2) Trust Rasheedat Ajibade; It is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that the Super Falcons attack is not as fluid as it should be.

In line with abandoning strength, another skillful player in the Super Falcons fold is African freestyle champion, Ajibade. She provides a different dimension to Uchenna KANU and can operate on the flanks instead of Francisca Ordega.

We have seen Nnadozie a 18 year old cover the sticks well for the Super Falcons, why not try another teenager upfront, this time on the right side of the attack?

Anyone that has followed the Super Falcons progress from the African Cup of Nations would know that Asisat Oshoala and Oparanozie do not click in the front.

A front three of Oshoala, Kanu and Ajibade would have a mix of youth, experience and hunger.

(3) Keep the ‘France’ pattern; The Super Falcons of Nigeria were able to contain France and the hosts nation despite the support of the crowd could not score against Nigeria from open play.

Super Falcons showed grit against France.

Captain Renard of France noted that the Super Falcons did not give their players any space.

That is the way to go against Germany. Do not give them space, and hit them on the fast counter attack when the rare chance comes.

The Super Falcons have had a rare ‘expo’ as regards what to expect coming up against Germany having faced two European sides in the group stage.

Furthermore, coach Dennerby and his crew can look at the Germany vs South Africa clip to know more of what to expect against Alexander Popp and co.

A combination of all aforementioned with a little bit of technicalities and determination can see the Super Falcons of Nigeria overcome the herculean task ahead.

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