November 16, 2016

W-20 World Cup: Dedevbo changes strategy against Canada

Head coach Peter Dedevbo of Falconets reacts 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)

Head Coach of the Nigeria U20 girls, Peter Dedevbo is expected to make three key changes in the starting line -up of his team in Wednesday’s  World Cup clash with Canada in Port Moresby.

Reigning world vice champions Nigeria got off on a worrying note after succumbing to a 6-0 bashing from Japan. The line-up will look different as Sweden -based Christy Ohiaeriaku takes up the gloves in place of first choice keeper and Captain, Sandra Chiichii, who is being rested for the game.

Peter Dedevbo,

Peter Dedevbo,

Midfielder Ihuoma Onyebuchi, who came in for Patience Kalu  against Japan, will get a starting role, while midfielder Joy Bokiri who sat out the opening match, completes the changes expected in the squad. Other players including Ugochi Emenayo, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Yetunde Adeboyejo and Chinaza Uchendu  retained their starting places in the team.

Meanwhile, Dedevbo has reassured that the changes will pay off positively, insisting that the adjustment is geared towards getting the points to keep hope alive in the tournament.  “The focus right now is on how to pick the maximum points against Canada. The line-up for  tomorrow  will change and  most of the mistakes of the first game have been corrected. I remain optimistic that we will do a good job.”

The team took time off from training  Tuesday  evening to study the video clips  of the game between Canada and Spain, which ended in a 5-0 win for the Spaniards.