Desire Oparanozie Sends Warning To England’s Lionesses Ahead Of R16 Fixture

Super Falcons forward Desire Oparanozie has affirmed plans are ongoing on how best to engage England’s Lionesses on Monday’s R-16 fixture.

The Super Falcons will come up against England on Monday as they seek to reach it’s first ever FIFA women’s world cup quarterfinal since 1999. And according to some football pundits, Nigeria do not stand a chance against England’s Lionesses.

The Super Falcons finished second from their group with five points from three games. And as a result became one of the three African teams to reach the knockout stage.

Meanwhile, England finished first in their group, and will meet Nigeria as they move towards achieving another quarter-final. And with the outcome of their last group game against China, fans are not giving Nigerians a chance against the Europeans.

However, striker Desire Oparanozie, has told England not to rejoice before the game. According to her, they(Super Falcons) have studied and have an idea of how they play on match-days.

Super Falcons forward Desire Oparanozie reveals England's Lionesses plan
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Also in her words, she assured that Nigeria cannot afford to make the mistake of China when they go head-to-head on Monday.

Desire Oparanozie sends a message to England’s Lionesses

“We saw what they (England) did against China, and we watched the game,” Oparanozie told Channels TV and was quoted by PUNCH.

“We have an idea of how they play, and we are not going to make the same mistake China made.”

Speaking further, the former WAFCON winner, assured the players “are working on how to take them on”.

She also kept hopes alive their strategies will payoff; so they can emerge victorious.

“Hopefully, it will come out in our favour,” she said.

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Desire has never played in any match for Nigeria since the tournament started owing to a slight injury she sustained prior to the tournament. But, few days ago, coach Randy Waldrum, announced the player is now for for selection.

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