FALCONETS LEFT WITH ZERO OPTION IN CLASH WITH HAITI

FALCONETS LEFT WITH ZERO OPTION IN CLASH WITH HAITI

Smarting from their opening match loss to Germany, Nigeria’s Falconets are condemned to win their Thursday afternoon fixture with debutants, Haiti, as the Group D of the FIFA U-21 Women’s World Cup enters Match Day 2.

The match holds 3.30pm Nigerian time at Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo. The Nigerian side currently at the bottom of Group D will need an outright win to swim out of the murky waters of group elimination.

  Giula Gwinn of Germany contests the ball with Nigeria’s Basirat Amoo and Anam Imo in Monday’s game.

Gift Monday who was barred from Monday’s match against Germany is back to action as she is listed for Thursday’s game.

But Adebisi Saheed and Grace Igbomalu are already on caution list and will miss Monday’s last group with China PR.

Preceding the Haiti-Nigeria match is the Germany vs. China tie. A draw will see both maintaining their leadership of Group D.

The clash is a fascinating one, with the sides both victorious in their opening games and keen to book a quarter-final berth.

Adding further spice to the mix is the fact that the pair have faced off three times before in this competition, with the Steel Roses yet to taste victory.

The Asian side lost out in the 2004 final and again in the group stage in 2012, before managing a draw at the same stage in 2014.

Thursday Matches

#13 USA v Paraguay, 18:30 (Concarneau)
#14 Spain v Japan, 15:30 (Concarneau)
#15 Haiti v Nigeria, 15:30 (Saint-Malo)
#16 China PR v Germany, 13:30 (Saint-Malo)