U-20 World Cup: Remain focused, coaches tell Falconets

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Lagos – Football coaches on Sunday urged Nigeria’s women’s squad at the ongoing Under-20 World Cup in Canada to remain focused following their 2-1 win over South Korea.

The coaches in Lagos said  that the team’s victory was significant and could qualify them as winners of the tournament.

Courtney Dike (L) of Nigeria celebrates her team's first goal with team mates during 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)

Courtney Dike (L) of Nigeria celebrates her team’s first goal with team mates during 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)

Falconets held off a late spell of pressure to defeat South Korea 2-1 in Monton.

Courtney Dike scored the first goal for Nigeria which is rated as the fastest goal in the history of FIFA Women’s tournaments after taking advantage of Korea’s defence some seconds into the game.

Paul Hamilton, a former Falcons’ coach, said that he was looking forward to more outstanding performances from the team.

“I wish that they would remain focused; they have been in the game for some time now so they know what to do to come out victorious.

“Right now, they should believe in themselves and keep getting better because I know they can win the tournament,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Henrietta Ukaigwe, another former Falcons’ coach and player, said she expected the very best from the team.

According to her, with the team’s current form they can dominate the World Cup.

“The way the team is playing, I know if they can keep it up and improve on their lapses the cup will be ours.

“ I just want them to concentrate and I believe that they can bring the trophy home,’’ she also said.
For Nnenna Etim, another ex-Falcons’ coach, the team’s chances of lifting the cup was bright.

She said:“All they need is to improve on their performance so that they can win the tournament.

“The team should remain focused on their current assignment which is winning the U-20 World Cup and I know they can do that.

“They wasted a lot of scoring chances in the match against Korea, but I know the game against England will be better as they will be more confident.’’

Falconets will play their English counterparts at Edmonton on Aug. 13 in their last Group C match.

They need a draw to take them to the quarter-final of the tournament. (NAN)

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