Ahead of Saturday’s opener against Brazil, Coach of the Flamingos, Bala Nikyu has assured that his girls have what it takes to achieve victory at the FIFA U-17 Women’s Cup in Jordan.
Nikyu made this known while fielding questions from the media, during the pre-match Press Conference for both teams, after Flamingos’ official training session Friday afternoon at the King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman. The Nigerian head coach said his girls know what they are up against and will take every game serious.
“We have been in camp working hard towards making our mark at this World Cup. Nigeria has always been participating in this category of the Women’s World Cup and we don’t want to replicate past mistakes. We want to do well and surpass previous records.”
When asked if lack of International exposure for the girls will affect them, Nikyu said it doesn’t matter how long you have spend playing friendlies on the global scale.
“What matters is the determination of the players and that element of luck, which also plays a part in the game of football.”
Coach of Brazil U-17 girls, Luizao said his girls have been training for three years since missing out on qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Costa Rica, and insisted they want to do well and aiming for a long run in the competition.
Flamingos Captain, Rasheedat Ajibade said the girls are in a confident mood going into tomorrow’s game and are targeting to perform well, rewrite history and go far in the competition. Her Brazilian counterpart, Angelina Constantino stated that the Brazilian girls came prepared and are good to go.
The Flamingos will confront Brazil in the opening match of group C at 4pm local time (2pm Nigerian time) on Saturday at the 12,000 –capacity King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman.