Coach of the national U-17 female team, Peter Dedevbo has said that his side is ready for the quarter final tie against France in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijan.
He noted that his girls understand the technicalities of the game at this stage and are ready to progress to the semi finals.
“This is the knockout stage and my girls understand the technicalities when we take on France. I want my girls to make use of all the chances they create as this will be crucial. From this stage onward, we will play each match as it comes, one game at a time” he said.
“After the quarter final ouster in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, this team has made tremendous progress and I’m particularly happy with my attackers’ performance who I believe will continue to give us the goals”
Scorer of the brace against Colombia, Halimat Ayinde who was also in the 2010 squad assured that the hoodoo of that year has since been buried and the team is looking to get to the finals and win the trophy.
“I am happy I scored those two goals against Colombia for my team. It’s every attackers delight to score goals. I’m equally grateful to God for helping me score the goals”.
“I am not afraid of France. We got eliminated at the quarter final stage at the last World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago but I believe in my self and the girls that we will make it into the semi finals this time. We have come a long way and we are not going to look back” said Ayinde.
The team captain, Victoria Aidelomon, who was also part of the squad two years ago said that she was excited to have made it to the quarter finals again but she believes her team will qualify for the semi finals at the expense of France.
“I’m excited we have once again qualified for the quarter finals. What happened two years ago is now history because I believe France are beatable. By the grace of God and the prayers and support of Nigerians both here and back home, I believe we will beat France” Aidelomon assured.
The team resumed training on Sunday afternoon after resting in the morning.