Ireland coach: Zambia Has Exposed Super Falcons To Us

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Ireland Women’s national team coach Vera Pauw says his players now have an idea on how to tackle the Super Falcons, as he expressed his delight with the run-out against Zambia in a pre-Women’s World Cup tune-up.

Speaking after Ireland’s 3-2 defeat of Zambia at Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium on Thursday evening, Pauw said the Copper Queens offered a similar challenge to Group B opponents Nigeria.

“We know what it is to play an African team now,” the former South Africa coach said.

“You will never get this against a European team, this style of play, physical pressure, pressure that constantly goes over you in power and pace.

“That sort of play you will not get.”

The World Cup debutants will face host Australia, Canada and Nigeria in Group B.