|The Super Falcons are gradually settling into the tournament in Morocco but the fear factor has disappeared. (Photo credit: TheNFF)|
The Super Falcons qualified for the quarter finals of the ongoing African Women Cup of Nations in Morocco but that is definitely not the news as the concerns within the Nigerian camp is worth discussing considering how weak the team has become.
Gone are those days of predictable whitewash and commanding performances but as it stands, the Super Falcons have been demystified and can’t confidently commandeer any game, much to the dismay of the fans who always knew their team to be dominant.
The Super Falcons lost the opening game to South Africa 2-1 but that result flattered the Nigerian side as the Banyana-Banyana played them off the park and took a late goal to save the face; the performance was so poor everyone became worried at the prospect of a sensational group stage exit.
Nigeria remains the record winners in this tournament but the rest of Africa have caught up and it will take more than just name and pedigree to see the Super Falcons deliver the trophy this time with the quarter finals set to serve another shock waves.
Nigeria will face the Lioness of Cameroon on Thursday and considering the rivalry between the two, it won’t be an easy game. Azeezat Oshoala limped off on the opening day and has since been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, that remains a big issue for the Falcons.
South Africa are firm favorites as things stand and Morocco also finished top of their group with maximum points and you ask, can the Super Falcons beat either of them if they do meet in the knock-out stages?
Zambia is another exciting side to watch but inexperience might hurt them as they hope to seal the World Cup ticket, things are not the same with the Super Falcons and the big question is: Can they grow into the tournament and land the title again?