Super Falcons forward, Francisca Ordega is confident they will get a favourable result when they battle European giants Norway in their opening Group A match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France on Saturday (today) in Reims.
Nigeria last played Norway in a competitive game at the World Cup in 1995 with the Norwegians humbling the Africans 8-0 on their way to winning the trophy.
Norway are ranked 12th in the world ahead of the Falcons, who are ranked 38th.
But Ordega insisted that being ranked higher didn’t mean the Europeans were better.
She said, “For them to be ranked 12th in the world doesn’t make them better than us.
“I respect them, they have quality players, but I believe we are going to win.”
With France opening their campaign with a 4-0 win over South Korea on Friday, the Shanghai Shenhua player says the Falcons are not afraid of the hosts, who the Falcons will play in their final group match.
“I remember we lost 8-0 to Germany some years back and everyone wrote us off when we were drawn against the Germans at the World Cup.
“A lot of people said we would be beaten 12-0, 13-0 and even 15-0, but eventually, we lost 1-0 courtesy of a late minute goal,” the 2018 AWCON winner said.
“It’s a different ball game now and it’s going to be an important game for both sides.”
The Falcons play South Korea in their second outing on Wednesday before the tie against France on June 17.