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Falconets won't disappoint against Spain, assures Ajibade and Imo

12:30 IST 16/08/2018
Rasheedat Ajibade, Nigeria vs. China
Ahead of Thursday’s clash with La Rojita, the strikers have assured that the team will overcome the Europeans

Nigeria's Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo are promising Nigerians that they will not let the country down when they face Spain in the quarter-finals of the Fifa U20 Women's World Cup on Thursday.

The Falconets secured a date with Group C winners La Rojita after they left it late to clinch the runners-up spot in Group D against rivals China in Dinan-Lehon on Monday.

And Ajibade, who played part in Nigeria 2-1 comeback win over the Europeans at the group stage in 2016, is confident that her side will do a repeat this time in Concarneau.

“We are working hard as a team and fully ready for Thursday's match against Spain," the team's captain told Goal.

"It has not been easy for us but we are happy getting to this stage of the competition. At this level, we are determined to do better than our outings in the group stage because our target coming here is to make the country proud.

"I urge all Nigerians to remain supportive and keep praying for us and we promise not to let them down. We've met them before in 2016 and we defeated them though we could not qualify from the group stage.

"It will be a tough match but we are ready to give our best and make sure we remain in the competition. If we could implement 80% of what the coaches have instructed us, I believe we will win."

On her own part, Imo, who is hoping her first goal in the tournament after two games, is promising that her side will put up an improved display.

"I want to appreciate Nigerians for their support and prayers which helped us to this stage and I urge them to maintain it," the Nasarawa Amazons' striker said.

"They should keep believing in us and we won't disappoint them because victory is our main target against Spain. Though we've not really played well in this tournament, we will keep working hard to improve on our performance.

"We are very focused on qualifying for the next stage and will take this game (vs Spain) like a final because to get to the final, we must give our all for it. I am confident that we will win."