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Odeh Doubts Falcons’ Chances In Bata

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 at 12:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Head coach of the Bayelsa Queens, Rolandson Odeh is unsure if the country’s senior women national team will see off Equatorial Guinea in Bata on Sunday.

The Super Falcons face the Nzalang Nacional in the second round, second leg of the 2016 Olympics women football games qualifier. In Abuja, the first leg ended 1-1 which was acting coach Christopher Musa Danjuma’s first competitive game in charge, a result that put Nigeria’s qualification hopes on the knife edge.

“I think with the right mentality, quality tactical and technical approach we can advance in Equatorial Guinea. I’m sure the players are full aware of the situation they found themselves and will certainly give the best to ensure Nigeria’s flag is fly hoisted in Rio de Janerio,” Odeh told Goal.

“It will be very dicey for us (Nigeria). If we could not get the result here, how possible can we achieve it in Bata though nothing is over yet, no matter how difficult it will be. We have what it takes to get result.

“We cannot afford to miss the Olympics for the second time. Our pedigree as African best in the last seven years is been put to test again. The coaches, players must rise up to the occasion and redeem their own image as giant of African women football,” he stressed.

“I expected the coach Danjuma to have stuck with the World Cup squad. Despite we crashed out, I still think we had a good outing. I advised the coach to adopt the squad of his predecessor (Edwin Okon), but was surprised when I saw the starting lineup of the first leg on social media.

“Immediately, I had fears we may struggle to feat our regular fire-power against the Guineans. Not to forget, we have always had it tough against Equatorial Guinea.

“And in this situation, going to Bata, the Guineans are tactically strong and could use home advantage against us. I was part of the team in 2008 and remembered vividly how they gave us problems.”v