Former Falconets coach Dan Evumena has urged the side not to settle for a draw against England at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The Falconets will engage the English side in today’s last group game at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
Nigeria, at present, top the group with four points against England’s two points and need just a draw to cement their place in the quarterfinals of the biennial global football fiesta.
Evumena said the Falconets have the quality to overpower England and should go all out to achieve a resounding victory in the game.
“The Falconets shouldn’t look for a draw against England but go for an outright victory in the encounter.
“It’s tricky to go into a game with a mindset to pick a draw it may backfire and you see yourself at the losing end.
“Rather let them go into the game with a winning mentality; worst case scenario they end up with a draw than pinning their hope on an outright draw.
“I don’t see the English women upstaging the Falconets, they’ll surely triumph but that’s not to suggest they should go to sleep as witnessed in their last match against South Korea which resulted in panicky moments.
“England have abundance of talent being the centre of football excellence but an average Nigerian player is higher in talent.
“England are sure to play mental games while we’re expected to counterbalance it with our raw strength.
“The Falconets shouldn’t bother their heads with the outcome of the encounter between Mexico and South Korea but focus on beating England hands down,” said the coach of Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) side, Delta Queens said.
Nigeria need to avoid defeat against England to secure their passage to the quarterfinals irrespective of the outcome involving the other group match between Mexico and South Korea.