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Super Falcons Need Team Spirit To Overcome USA – Mabo

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Former Super Falcons coach, Ismaila Mabo, has said the team would need to dig deep to beat the United States of America’s women team on Wednesday.

Nigeria have lost thrice in three meetings with the USA and the Falcons need a win in Wednesday’s match to stand any chance of qualifying from Group D after their 2-0 loss to Australia on Friday.

Nigeria sit bottom of the group with one point from their two matches with the point coming from their opening day 3-3 draw with Sweden, who are third with two points.

Mabo, who led the team to a quarterfinal exit in 1999, believes that although the Falcons have a daunting challenge against the USA, they can achieve a victory if the players can imbibe the team spirit which helped them in their first match.

“The match on Wednesday is a decider for the two teams,” he said.

“It is true that we have always had it difficult against the USA and we have not recorded a victory against them.

“I believe that if the players imbibe the right attitude on the field of play, they can do what people think is impossible.

“The team spirit they employed against the Swedes in their first match, which saw them come from two goals down to earn a draw, can see them beat the USA for the first time.

“Really it will be a very difficult task but football is not always predictable and we cannot take it from them that the team is a good one.”

Mabo added that the loss to Australia would also spur the players to aim for qualification from the group.

Source - Punch

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