Falconets seek to progress
Falconets star Esther Sunday
Nigeria’s Falconets battle Italy at the Univer Stadium in Kobe in one of the last group matches that will determine the teams to move into the quarter final.
Out of two matches played, Nigeria have four points and are closely followed by Korea Republic with three points with Brazil and Italy having two points and a point, respectively.
Interestingly, history is repeating itself as both teams were at the 2004 edition of the age-grade competition in Thailand, were drawn in Group B and played the last match which ended 1-1.
This time the girls are looking forward to going a step further by going for victory.
"We know what is at stake and we are not ready to bungle it. It is a win and nothing else so that others can know that we are in Japan for the trophy," team captain Gloria Ofoegbu said.
Deputy captain Ngozi Okobi added, "The team spirit has been reinvigorated after the 1-1 draw with Brazil.
The team will be in all-green.
The girls have been grilled on how to convert set-pieces in training since arriving in Kobe from Saitama on Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Federation of International Football (FIFA) have appointed Qin Liang of China to take charge of the encounter which comes up from 8.20am in Nigeria (4.20pm in Japan).
Born, on March 29, 1979, Liang who would be making her debut at the World Cup was at the centre when Norway defeated Canada 2-1 last Monday in Kobe.