The Nigeria U-20 women’s team beat New Zealand 4-1 to book a semi-final with North Korea
Falconets coach, Peter Dedevbo, is optimistic that his team can make it to the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup if they are successful with North Korea on Wednesday.
“My team have played against the Koreans twice in 2010 and 2012 U-17 World Cups in which Nigeria lost, but this time around it will be a different ball game,” Coach Dedevbo said.
The Falconets reached the final of the 2010 edition of the U-20 women’s World Cup and the semi-finals of the 2012 edition.
Devdevbo has described his team’s advancement to the semi-finals a joy.
“I have been called a failure, a coach who never got beyond quarterfinals and many more. My critics said I cannot exceed quarter finals citing my outing with the Flamingoes (Nigeria U17 team), it has not been easy, but I thank God,” he said.
“I have proved them wrong, that’s why at full time I fell down and rolled on the pitch. Today is a memorable day.”
Asisat Oshoala was picked as the most valuable player of the match for the second time.
“I must commend my coach for giving me the opportunity to play up front. That gave me the chance to showcase my skills. Today’s match is the beginning of our road to victory,” an excited Oshoala, who has scored in three matches so far told journalists.
Uchechi Sunday has scored two goals, while the trio of Courtney Dike, Loveth Ayinla and Chinwendu Ihezuo have a goal each.
In total the team have scored nine goals in four matches.