The coach of the female national U-17 side, Flamingoes, Peter Dedevbo, has apologized to his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nigerian soccer fans over his team’s inability to go past the quarterfinal stage of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
The team, which had showed so much prospect coming into the competition after dominating the group stages, succumbed to defeat in the hands of France via penalties. Coach Dedevbo said he and his girls are truly sorry for the ouster because of the immense support and goodwill they enjoyed both from the federation and the country.
“We did not plan to come back now because we thought we were going to make it to at least the finals. This is the saddest thing and we apologise for disappointing Nigerians who have had so much faith in us.
“We didn’t take our chances and I cannot explain why. These are the same girls who had been scoring goals but when it matters most, they couldn’t find the back of the net. We really regret it and are still living with the shock” he said.
The team, which arrived Lagos aboard a Turkish airline on Friday night, have since been decamped.