Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 November 2012

Nigeria/South Africa: Mbachu Sure of Victory Over South Africa

Photo: SAFA
Banyana Banyana facing Nigeria in a previous international friendly match.

Super Falcons' attacking midfielder, Stella Mbachu has said there is no cause for alarm for her side's semi-final clash against Banyana Banyana of South Africa at the ongoing African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

The two sides will clash tomorrow at the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata. The last time both teams clashed at the AWC was in the final of the 2010 game hosted by South Africa. Nigeria won the encounter to claim their sixth title.

Nigeria edged Cote d'Ivoire 3-1 to claim top spot in Group B on nine points while the South Africans came second in Group A behind leaders and hosts, Equatorial Guinea.

Mbachu said her teammates are in buoyant mood going into the Wednesday's semifinal tie against rivals, Banyana Banyana.

"I'm confident going into the semis against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa. Everyone in the team is mentally prepared for the challenge and ready to give their best aimed at retaining the title.

"There is no cause for worry, we know ourselves very well, we will always handle them though we envisage a tough battle.

"They're a good side no doubt about it but they won't stop us from hitting the final and winning back the title," said the Rivers Angels' finisher.

Falcons' manager, Kadiri Ikhana is upbeat of his side victory against the South African foes.

"The match against South Africa will be another tough game but I think we have a good chance against them," he said.

Falcons will depart Malabo for Bata, venue of the semifinals clash against South Africa, on Monday.

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