After Sunday’s disastrous start in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, Falconets Coach, Peter Dedevbo, and defender Glory Ogbonna have both declared that Nigeria must bounce back with a win over Canada in their next game.
The Falconets were walloped 6-0 by Japan in their group opener and must at least avoid defeat against Canada if they are to stay on to compete at the ongoing tournament in Papua New Guinea.
In separate interviews, Coach Dedevbo and Ogbonna assured at that the Falconets are aware of the enormity of the Canada game hence they will deliver.
Ogbonna in a press statement said: “Collectively as a team we have accepted the fact that we started badly against Japan, but it doesn’t mean that we have given up because all hope is not lost. I believe that the reason for Sunday’s defeat was a clarion call for us as a team to wake up to the harsh realities on ground. If we had won or drawn that game, apparently, the whole team would feel that we have arrived.
“Canada is a must-win for us and it is not negotiable. We have learnt our lessons in a bitter and humiliating way. I want to promise all Nigerians that we must redeem our image and march on in this tournament.”
On his part, Coach Dedevbo insisted that the Sunday’s result will not mark the end of the road for Nigeria in the tournament.
“We are down but not out, and this is the time for us to fight till the end of the competition. It would be fool –hardy for us to start feeling sorry for ourselves because it will affect our focus for the remaining games in the tournament,” the coach said.
Nigeria will face Canada in their second Group B match on Wednesday, at the Bava Park Stadium in Port Moresby. Both countries are at the bottom of the table with no point.