2014 U-17 World Cup finals: Nikyu optimistic of Flamingoes’ victory

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Abuja -  Bala Nikyu, Flamingoes Head Coach, on Thursday expressed optimism that the team would make the finals at the ongoing FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup after defeating Colombia 2 -1.

Nikyu expressed the hope in a statement from Costa Rica by the team’s Media Officer, Jennifer Okoye.

The statement reiterated the determination of the team to make it to the finals for the first time.

ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA - Joy Bokiri #8 of Nigeria celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2014 group D match between Colombia and Nigeria at Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank on March 19, 2014 in Alajuela, Costa Rica. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA

ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA – Joy Bokiri #8 of Nigeria celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal during the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 group D match between Colombia and Nigeria at Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank on March 19, 2014 in Alajuela, Costa Rica. (Photo by Martin Rose – FIFA/FIFA

It described the Nigeria’s encounter with Colombia as tough and commended the players’ commitment to victory.

“ It was a great match. Normally in tournaments like this, the aim is simply to survive.

“And that is what that game was like, a battle for survival. I must commend the players.’’

The statement added:“We are hoping to keep going,  the competition does not end in the next round. We will like to reach the final and lift the trophy.’’

Flamingoes have gained six points from two matches to level with final Group D opponent — Mexico — who top the group on goal difference.

Nigeria will face Mexico in a battle for the leader of the group on March 23. (NAN)

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