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2023 WWC: Super Falcons Must Stop Lauren James — Akide

by Boye Amosun
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Former Super Falcons striker, Mercy Akide says the team must tame England forward, Lauren James in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup last-16 contest.

Akide reckoned stopping the Chelsea star will be vital to the Super Falcons claiming a place in the quarter-finals.

James has been one of the standout performers in Australia and New Zealand.

The forward has so far scored three goals and provided three assists for the Three Lionesses.

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She has formed a formidable partnership with Lauren Hemp and Rachel Daly in England’s attack.

Akide, who played for Nigeria at three FIFA World Cups stated that it is important for the Super Falcons to stop James from wrecking havoc against them.

“She [James] is very technical in front of goal,” Akide said. “They cannot give her even a small inch, because she can manipulate the ball and she can strike it well too,”Akide told ESPN.

“She plays very gracefully. That is the thing that fascinates me just watching her. She makes football so easy and that is why our players have to mark her really tight.”

This article was updated 1 month ago

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