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Canada: Oshoalaa, Dike In, Optimistic

Posted: May 13, 2015 at 3:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
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By Augustine Akhilomen

Correspondent, Lagos


Super Falcons forwards, Asisat Oshoala and Courtney Dike are positive about the team’s chances of progressing from the group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada after the players joined the team in Abuja.

Nigeria is grouped alongside USA, Sweden and Australia.

Both players were part of the Falconets side that lost 1-0 to Germany in the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup last year that also held in Canada.

Dike arrived in the early hour of Tuesday, while Oshoala landed on Monday night to the delight of Coach Edwin Okon and team members.

Dike, while expressing her joy for joining the team, said,  “I feel super excited to be here because it’s been a while since I’ve been with these girls. I have grown a lot as a player, especially from the last U-20 World Cup, so I am excited to bring my skills here and hopefully, help the team.

“It’s a huge honour being in the Super Falcons. The U-20 experience was great; some of the players are still here and I am excited to play with them. I am equally excited to meet the new players as well and learn from the ones that are more experienced than I am. I also relish the fact that I will be playing against the United States where I live.”

Also, Liverpool striker, Oshoala, was full of expectations of going back to Canada to excel with the Super Falcons. “It’s good to be back with the team. I look forward to the World Cup in Canada to excel with my team. It feels really good,” She said.

Falcons will depart for Toronto next Tuesday to fine tune strategies for the World Cup. The Nigeria Football Federation tweeted on their handle.