March 13, 2012

FIFA U-17 Women World Cup: Hamilton, Amoo caution Flamingoes

Lagos – Former internationals, Paul Hamilton and Fatai Amoo, on Monday in Lagos advised the Flamingoes against complacency when they tackle Zambia’s She-Polopolo in the return leg of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier.

They said  the team should focus on the match in Abeokuta, to enhance Nigeria’s chances of playing at the finals in September in Azerbaijan.

NAN reports that the Flamingoes defeated She-Polopolo 2-1 in the first leg of the qualifier on Saturday in Lusaka.

Hamilton expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance in Zambia.

The former Super Falcons’ coach attributed the Flamingoes victory in Lusaka to their superb style of play.

Hamilton said the Flamingoes’ victory in Zambia had given hopes to football enthusiasts in the country, and urged them to sustain the trend till the World Cup ticket was won.

He advised the team not to underrate the Zambians in Abeokuta, adding that football was unpredictable.

“The Flamingoes should beware of complacency because the Zambians are still in the euphoria of the Africa Cup of Nations Cup victory.

“This might spur the She-Polopolo to shortchange Nigerian’s victory,” Hamilton said.

Amoo, also a former Super Eagles assistant coach, commended the consistency of the Flamingoes throughout the match in Lusaka.

The former coach of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan urged the team to replicate the performance that gave them victory in Lusaka, in the second leg in Abeokuta.

“The Flamingoes have made Nigerians proud, but they should go all out as if they have not played before, to ensure victory in the return leg,” he said.

The decisive second leg encounter would hold at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. (NAN)