Head Coach of the Nigeria female under-20 team Peter Dedevbo slammed his players for losing their tactical discipline in their 0-1 loss to Germany at the Under-20 World Cup final.
“I’ve not spoken to the girls yet, but I will tell them to take this defeat hard and learn from it because we lost this game due to tactical indiscipline,” Dedevbo
Dedevbo praised his wards for making it to the final of the tournament in the face of other good teams in the championship, but bemoans their poor finishing that would have made them champions.
“There are lots of good teams in this tournament who crashed out earlier than us, whereas Nigeria – not generally seen as the best – made it all the way to the final,” he added.
“Today, we had enough opportunities to win this match in the first half alone. But while we had chances we didn’t take them, Germany had one chance and took it. That’s the nature of football.
“We had a great opportunity to win a World Cup with the chances we had in the first half, but we threw that chance away. Be that as it may, we did our best to redeem Nigeria’s image.”
The Coach, though, insist his girls will be better off in the future due to the experience of losing to the Germans and he will point out where they lost it to them once they get over the shock of losing the final.
“I haven’t spoken to my players yet as I don’t want to say the wrong thing to them now. But I will talk to them tomorrow once everything is calm and get through the message I want to put across,” concluded Dedevdo.