The head coach of Nigeria’s Falconets, Peter Dedevbo, has said that the team’s qualification for the finals of the U-20 women’s FIFA World Cup was facilitated by early goals, which was part of his game plan.
In a chat with journalists after Nigeria’s high tempo match against North Korea, the coach said he didn’t expect his team to score as many as six goals in the semi-final.
“I didn’t expect such goals. They played as wounded lions. It was great. Asisat (Oshaola) and Uchechi (Sunday) were excellent. For me, the team started playing the World Cup in the quarter finals. The girls had promised to take the team to another level and they did that. They understood the importance of scoring early goals,” he said.
Speaking on her performance, Oshoala said the goals just came unexpectedly as she made use of all the chances available to her
“I never expected to score this much. The chances came and I just utilised them. We had a good fighting spirit because we had told ourselves that nobody was going to take our glory from us. We made that promise, so winning the semi-finals means victory at the finals. I am glad I got the most valuable player for the third time. I dedicate it to my coaches and team mates,” she said.
Other players, Yetunde Adeboyejo, Jiroro Dike and Courtney Dike, noted there was good team work among the players, which led to an improved performance.
Nigeria now has a total of 15 goals in five matches with seven coming from Oshoala, Sunday – 3, Dike – 2, Loveth Ayinla -1, Chinwendu Ihezuo -1 and Osarenoma Igbinovia – 1.
The Falconets will play Germany in the final on Sunday at Montreal, Canada.
The Nigeria delegation will depart Moncton, New Brunswick immediately after the match to Montreal for the Sunday’s encounter.