By Tony Nwanne
For Nigeria to make it through to the next stage of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, the coach of the team, Bala Nikyu, has said that the Flamingoes team will fight to win their last group game.
The team, on Tuesday played a frustrating goalless draw with the Young Lionesses of England on Tuesday, which means the last match is a must win for them.
Nigeria will on Saturday tackle group leaders North Korea, who are one of the most successful sides in the history of the U17 Women’s World Cup.
The Koreans defeated Brazil 1-0 in the other match played at the Prince Mohammed International Stadium on Tuesday to top Group C and ensure the group goes down to the wire.
The Flamingoes, who are still bottom of the group with one point and a minus one goal difference, now need to beat North Korea by two unreplied goals and hope for a barren draw between England and Brazil, to go through.
The Flamingoes lost 1-0 to Brazil in their opening game and will be under pressure to keep their hope of advancing to the quarterfinals burning, but in spite of a much better performance that yielded 32 attempts (5 on target), they could not even manage a goal.
“In the game of football, it is not playing well that gives you the trophy, it is the number of goals you are able to score,” Nikyu explained at the press Conference after the game on Tuesday.
“We played well, we didn’t score, but we want to thank God because we didn’t lose and at the same time we are not happy.
“When you look at our team you will know that it’s not a team that is supposed to go out of the competition this early, so definitely we will work towards that and see that we win the next match.
Nikyu had an explanation for why they failed to score despite having loads of attempts against England, who seemed to be tiring out in the second half.