Falconets take battle to England at 1 a.m

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FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup — Kickoff 1 a.m
Falconets Coach Peter Dedevbo says they have to take today’s last group game against England very ‘seriously’, despite needing just a point to qualify to the next round of the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Players of Nigeria pose for a team photo prior to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 group C match between Korea Republic and Nigeria at Moncton Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo  FIFA)

Players of Nigeria pose for a team photo prior to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 group C match between Korea Republic and Nigeria at Moncton Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo FIFA)

The Nigerian girls have four points after two games and will need at least a draw against the English to be guaranteed a place in the quarter finals.

But Dedevbo says despite being in such a good situation, the game against England must be taken with all seriousness.

“We must take the game very seriously, just like any other game. We cannot afford to be too confident,” he told SL10.

Mexico and England both have two points apiece, and the former will progress if they beat Korea Republic, while England know only an outright victory over Nigeria can secure their place in the next round.

But Dedevbo is having none of those permutations as he insists that his players must stay focused.

“We must stay focused,” he said.

“We cannot bother ourselves with what the other teams play. We just have to focus on our game.”

The Falconets are looking to win the bi-annual for the first time, despite having competed in all editions starting from the first in Canada in 2002.

Dedevbo meanwhile, is saying that despite the desire to win, he’s hardly under pressure.

“I’m not under pressure,” he continued.

“Of course the ambition is always to win but I’m not putting myself under any pressure.

“I’ve said the same to the players. We cannot afford to play under pressure. We have to be calm at all times.”

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