The national U-20 women’s team say they are not under any kind of pressure as they face their first opponents
The national U-20 women’s team will on Sunday in Japan begin another quest to win the World Cup. The class of 2010 came desperately close before losing out to Germany in the final.
The class of 2012 is coached by Edwin Okon and he has stated that his team will not be under any pressure as they tackle South Korea on Sunday.
The Nigerian team will be buoyed by the experience of the likes of Ebere Orji and Desire Oparanozie, who were at the last edition in Germany. The two players have since moved on to play for the senior national team, the Falcons but are still eligible for the under-20s. There is also Francisca Ordega and budding star, Ngozi Okobi.
In the pre-match press conference, Coach Okon told journalists that his players will not play under pressure.
"Having reached the final at the last edition should not put us under pressure,” Okon said. "My girls are very calm and focused for the game," he replied.
He also added that he was in Japan to lift the trophy. "That is why l am here," Okon added. This will be the first meeting for both sides since the inception of the tournament in 2002.
Interestingly both teams will be parading many of the players that played against each other at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.
The match referee is from Guyana, Ferreira James-Dianne and the match kicks off at 6pm Japan time (10am in Nigeria) at the 21,500-capacity Komaba stadium in Saitama.
The Falconets will be in all-green attire while Korea will be wearing red shirts on blue shorts and red socks.
The Nigerians are not short on confidence considering the words of Francisca Ordega. “Our opening game against South Korea will give us an indication of how far we can go, and it could also give us a real confidence boost,” said Ordega to fifa.com.
“Make no mistake, I haven’t come to Japan to admire the skyscrapers; I’m here to win the World Cup," she added.