As the crucial winner-takes-all double header under 17 women's world cup qualifiers between Nigeria and Congo draw ever closer, members of the Congolese team have effectively thrown down the gauntlet.
Speaking on their training ground to TV network CGTN Africa, their goalkeeper and coach were emphatic in stating their readiness to flatten the Flamingoes of Nigeria across two legs.
"We have a good spirit and we are working towards defeating our opponents (Nigeria) when we meet them," said a supremely confident goalkeeper Michealla Luluemba.
That sentiment was echoed by Congo Under 17 Women's coach Lry Mafobe who said boldly: "we have a very good team who have potential……. We won't fear the Nigerian team because we are up to the task."
Damsel Congo Striker Chrismie Pingi Saka on her own part encouraged the home fans to come out in droves to watch their match as they won't be disappointed in how the team will play against Nigeria.
"Our supporters shouldn't be discouraged," she said. "They should come to watch us; they keep complaining we don't play well. I am challenging them to come and watch our match (against Nigeria), they will be happy."
The Flamingoes, for themselves, are also busy preparing ruthlessly for the encounter by defeating local club sides with insane score lines like 12:0. Having missed the last tournament, they are eager to make up for lost times.
This 1st round of qualifiers are scheduled to take place between the 6th and 19th of March with Nigeria playing the first leg away.
Only three teams from Africa will eventually qualify for the World Cup after three rounds of qualifiers.
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