Former Â Super Falcons coach, Edwin Okon, has said the team shouldÂ expect a physical battleÂ inÂ Saturday’s 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations final at the Ahidjo Ahmadou Stadium, Yaounde, against hosts Cameroon.
Nigeria are seeking their eighth title at the expense of the Indomitable Lionesses,Â who have yet to winÂ the tournament. The Falcons defeated the Central Africans to win the title in 2004 and 2014.
Okon told our correspondent on Thursday,Â “What will be on the mind of the Cameroonians is revenge. The Falcons have beaten them twice before and they will like to put a stop to it,” he said.
“The match will be very tough and it will take one moment of brilliance from any the two teams to win it. Since the competition began, the Falcons have seemed to struggle against other opponents except the Malians, who they beat convincingly.
“The semifinal against South Africa has shown that the team need to play more as a unit rather than relying on the brilliance of individual players. The Cameroonians are physical and are compact in play. They will be very tough for Nigeria to break down.”
He added, “The team has improved a lot from their last outing in 2014 and Nigeria should make sure that they keep it tight in all areas to win the competition. The Cameroonians will not be respecting them because they are the defending champions, which will rather make them want to add their names to the teams that have snatched the trophy from Nigeria.”