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SPORT: Ohale unfazed by Falcons opponents

SPORT: Ohale unfazed by Falcons opponents

Publish date: 2022-07-11 23:40:20 | Author: Ebenezer Bajela | Source: punchng.com

Super Falcons defender, Osinachi Ohale, is not bothered about Nigeria’s next opponents, but would rather focus on her own team and be prepared for their next game.

The right-back was voted the Woman-of-The-Match after Nigeria’s 4-0 win over Burundi at the Stade Moulay Hassan, Rabat in Morocco on Sunday.

After overcoming an early setback losing 2-1 to South Africa in their group opener, the Falcons bounced back to win their final two group games, scoring six goals and keeping clean sheets in the process.

The nine-time champions are scheduled to face Cameroon in the quarter-finals at Stade Mohammed V on Thursday.

Speaking to journalists, Ohale stated that the Falcons were keen on winning the WAFCON title for a record 10 times.

“I wouldn’t say I have any preference because it is a game of football and you don’t know who you are going to meet,” the defender said, when asked which team she would like to play next,” she said.

“We are at a crucial stage of the tournament, so it was very important for us to play the way we did and we know how much it means to us. We have now qualified for the quarter-finals and we are ready for the challenge ahead.

“We have grown from strength to strength, from when we played our first game and this was a good show tonight (Sunday). We want to continue to improve and get better. Our target is to win the trophy and we are getting closer.

“Whoever comes our way, we will take the game one at a time, we know we are through to the next stage and we are going to make sure we continue to practice well and improve on our game.”

The 30-year old, who plays for Deportivo Alaves in Spain, also talked about her first individual award in Nigeria’s colours.

“This is the first time that I have ever received a Woman-of-The-Match award since I started playing for Nigeria in 2010 and it really feels so good. When I remember all the hard work that my teammates and I have put in, it makes me smile.”

Ohale registered a 90.8% pass accuracy from 76 passes and her partnership with captain Onome Ebi has been getting better by the day.

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