Super Falcons will not disappoint against Gambia, assures Desire Oparanozie

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Ahead of Wednesday's qualifier clash with the Scorpions, the France-based star is confident her side will triumph in Banjul

Desire Oparanozie has assured that her Nigeria senior women side will not disappoint in their Africa Women's Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia in Banjul on Wednesday.

The Super Falcons are aiming to defend the African crown they won two years ago in Ghana later this year but must subdue Mariama Sowe's ladies to reach the finals.

To secure a qualification spot, Thomas Dennerby's side looks to secure a commanding first-leg lead at the Independence Stadium ahead of the reverse fixture in Lagos next Monday.

And the 24-year-old, who inspired the Super Falcons to her eighth African title in Cameroon, is upbeat about their chance of winning despite being wary of their hosts.

"We are all in good shape and looking forward to the match against Gambia," Oparanozie told Goal.

"Everyone that made the team to the Gambia are really working hard in training. It was unfortunate we lost to France but I think it happened because we've not played together for a long time. It was just a friendly game and we have put that behind us. 

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"Against Gambia, we are fully prepared for them and know it will not be an easy game because there are no small teams anymore in Africa. Defeating Burkina Faso shows they are a good team and we must not underrate them. 

"We came here with the intention to win and will do our best to achieve that. We want Nigerians to remember us in their prayers and we will not disappoint them."

Victory over the two legs will see the reigning champions secure a place in the finals of the continental showpiece in Ghana from November 17 to December 2, 2018.