Nigeria and Zambia will battle for the bronze medals of the 12th Ladies Africa Cup of Nations as from 9pm on Friday on the Complexe Mohamed V in Casablanca – Morocco’s financial and industrial capital.
Head Coach of Copper Queens, Bruce Mwape, stated on Thursday that his ladies have put behind them the controversial defeat to South Africa – by an added-time penalty that’s nonetheless a speaking level at these finals.
“We gave our all and created possibilities however we did not take them and that was a mistake that we paid dearly for ultimately. We’ve put that behind us and now, we need to win the bronze medals for our individuals,” he stated.
On his half, Coach Randy Waldrum, is optimistic that the Tremendous Falcons will give their all regardless of a rash of accidents and suspensions within the camp of the nine-time champions.
“We’ve two gamers suspended on account of purple playing cards within the final recreation, and we even have some gamers down with damage. So, there shall be modifications however we are going to go for the very best legs that will give us victory on Friday,” he stated.
Captain Onome Ebi has been knocked out by a hamstring damage (biceps femoris muscle tear – Grade 2) and will require between six weeks to 2 months to get better. She suffered the damage within the gruelling semi remaining battle towards Morocco on Monday that the Falcons misplaced on penalty shootout in Rabat.
Ahead Rasheedat Ajibade, who has been a cornerstone of Nigeria’s marketing campaign with some mesmerizing strikes, measured pull-outs and three targets to the kitty, picked up the Lady of the Match award within the quarter remaining defeat of Cameroon. Nevertheless, she is out of Friday’s encounter alongside tenacious midfielder Halimatu Ayinde. Each had been despatched out within the match towards the host nation.
“We’ve a mountain to surmount, certainly, however we’re prepared and can method the sport just like the Last match,” defender Ashleigh Plumptre stated at Thursday’s pre-match convention.
Mwape will financial institution on group captain Grace Chanda to encourage the Copper Queens towards the Tremendous Falcons. Chanda has been the rallying level of the southern African nation because the starting of the event, within the absence of the talismanic Barbara Banda.
Whereas goalkeeper Hazel Nali (injured towards South Africa) is uncertain for Friday’s encounter, Nigeria would once more depend on the agility and consciousness of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, whose string of saves stored the Falcons within the recreation towards Morocco till the penalty shootout. She was extremely deserving of her Lady of the Match award in that tie.
With Ebi out, Waldrum might begin with the US –primarily based Payne sisters (Toni and Nicole) on both aspect of the rear wings, with Osinachi Ohale and Plumptre at centreback. Peace Efih, who scored one of many targets within the 4-0 defeat of Burundi within the group stage, might begin within the absence of Ayinde, with the bubbling Reward Monday a possible to start out instead of the suspended Ajibade on the fore.
The Copper Queens drew 0-0 with Cameroon of their opening match, earlier than 1-0 and 4-1 wins over Tunisia and Togo respectively shot them to the quarter finals, the place they edged Senegal 4-2 after penalty shootout.
The Falcons misplaced 1-2 to South Africa of their opening recreation earlier than beating Botswana and Burundi 2-0 and 4-0 respectively, and Cameroon 1-0 within the final eight.