Nigeria head coach, Peter Dedevbo, has described his team’s 2-1 win over South Korea at the ongoing Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada as “very important.”
Dedevbo believes that the victory over the Asian champions is important for the “confidence to this team” as they look forward to facing England’s under-20s on Wednesday.
The Falconets head coach also took the time to explain his pre-match tactics for the Koreans.
“We are happy with the victory. Before the match I explained to my girls the kind of football that Korea plays, the ‘tiki taka’ and that we couldn’t play like that. We needed to be fast, and that’s the way we played.
“After the draw against Mexico I was a little bit disappointed, but it was just the first match. When Korea scored I was not worried, because I know the level of fitness of my players, so I was always confident. This win is very important because it will give a lot of confidence to this team,” Dedevbo said to Fifa.com after the win over the Koreans.
Courtney Dike scored the fastest goal in Fifa women’s tournament when he turned and fired the ball low into the bottom corner beyond South Korea goalkeeper, Min Yukyeong, in the opening 12 seconds of the match at the Moncton Stadium in Canada.
Chinwendu Ihezuo got Nigeria’s second of the match with nine minutes to the break while Kim Soyi halved the Falconets’ lead in the 72nd minute.
The Nigerian under-20s lead Group C on four points after two matches and need just a point to progress into the quarterfinals.