FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup| Nigeria Coach keeps hope alive


The Coach of Nigeria’s U-17 women team, Bala Nikyu, is staying positive that the Flamingoes can still make it beyond the group phase after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against England.

The solitary point from Tuesday’s game has not improved Nigeria’s rating in their group as they are still rock bottom in Group C.

They are behind surprise table-toppers, Korea DPR, who have 4 points, Brazil 3 and England with 2 having all played two matches.

Despite the bleak picture, the Falmingoes Coach says his girls will give their all to pull through.

“The players don’t have any experience of these competitions but they’re going to fight hard to try and win it. We can still go through and I think we deserve it,” the Nigeria Coach told reporters at his post-match press conference on Tuesday.

While submitting that there was a level of improvement in the game against England compared to the group opener against Brazil, Coach Nikyu was candid that nearly does not kill a bird.

“It was a match played in the right spirit,” the coach began in his assessment.

He continued: “I know how much the players gave out there. We performed well, but in football dominating the game and winning individual accolades don’t count.

“What matters is to score and to win. I think we did well in attack.

“We played a defensive game against Brazil and we lost because we made a few mistakes that we’ve sorted out now.

“We were more adventurous today but there are still a few things we need to iron out before we take on Korea DPR.”

Nigeria will play Korea DPR on Saturday and anything short of victory will translate to the end of the road for the Flamingoes.


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  • Kenneth Nwagbara

    The GOD of soccer will see these girls and their officials through. There must be a win against the Korea come Saturday! Thanks you.