Coach Okon Highlights Impact Of His Half-Time Team Talk On Falcons’ Comeback – Report

Nigeria senior national women’s team head coach, Edwin Okon, has attributed the team’s spirited comeback against Sweden in Winnipeg to his half-time pep talk.

The Super Falcons came back from 2-goal down to force a 3-3 draw at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday night.

“I told them that it was not over until it was over. It’s unfortunate that we conceeded those cheap goals, but we will go back and work on them before the next game,” Okon is quoted as saying on

“We are glad for the result, it’s a good one.”

He stressed that they are not taking any team lightly and affirmed that football matches are decided on the pith.

Ngozi Okobi Celebrates after Halving Nigeria's Deficit against Sweden. Image: Fifa via Getty.
Ngozi Okobi Celebrates after Halving Nigeria’s Deficit against Sweden. Image: Fifa via Getty.

“I have said it that there are no small teams in this tournament. Every team here in Canada are good teams. We are not underrating any team, but on every match day it is what happens on the pitch that would decide the game,” Okon continued.

“By the special grace of God, we are done with Sweden match, my girls are fit and ready for every game. In fact, we could decide to change the entire 11 as those on the bench too are ready for matches.”

He promised to work on the defence before the next game against Australia on Friday.

“I know we have problem in the defence today (Monday). And we would go back to fix the problems so that the mistakes we made against Sweden won’t be repeated against Australia. Our focus right from now is the game against Australia,” he reassured.