•We’ll win it, Omagbemi
BY JUDITH NWABIA
The Super Falcons of Nigeria will have to be at their best if their plan to retain the AWCON trophy is to be a reality when they confront the Banyana Banyana of South Africa who have vowed to stop the Nigerians.
Captain of the South Africa side Janine van Wyk revealed that today’s semi-final clash against Nigeria is way more than a football match stressing that – it is going to be war.
South Africa progressed to the last four following their convincing 5-0 win over Egypt in their last Group A encounter to finish second and book a date with Group B table leaders Nigeria, who registered seven points from three games.
The Super Falcons have been dubbed tournament favourites courtesy of their pedigree at the tournament, which they have won a record seven times. Van Wyk, whose side has peaked at the right time, is keen to finally end their jinx at this level but Nigeria stands in their way.
“The competition starts now and from here on it is war. It is going to be war, war, war… If we want it badly enough, then we have to show it. We have overcome them before and we can do it again,” she told supersport.com.
At the 2012 edition, South Africa stunned Nigeria in an historic 1-0 semi-final win to set up a final against hosts Equatorial Guinea, but Banyana Banyana failed to complete the last hurdle as they succumbed to a 4-0 defeat.
Banyana Banyana are yet to win the continental crown and Van Wyk, who is the most capped player on the current squad with 140 appearances, feels this is the time to finally bag the African title.
However, Coach Florence Omagbami is not bothered by the threat of the South Africans as she says that her girls are ready for the battle. “We understand what the stakes are and will ensure we win this game.”
The South Africa v Nigeria semi-final will be live on SuperSport channel SS9 at 7.45pm CAT.