Coach Nikyu laments harsh weather after Nigeria draw in Ethiopia

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The Flamingos were held in Addis Ababa and the tactician has complained about the climate as his girls struggled to impress

Nigeria U17 women head coach Bala Nikyu says his side could not 'express themselves well' after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia on Sunday.

The Flamingos endured a tough 90 minutes, playing under an unfamiliar 70 degrees weather at the Addis Ababa Stadium but got the lead through Joy Jerry before Tarikua Debasso's strike ensured a stalemate.

Notwithstanding, the gaffer has some encouraging words for the hosts but assured his side will work out their victory under a fair weather in Benin City.

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"It was a good match. We did our best and got a draw," Nikyu told Goal.

"When one prepares for the game, he can't decide the result for himself but whatever you see has been destined to happen and we accept it. The 1-1 draw is not a bad result for us.

"We couldn't play as we expected because we are not used to the weather. It affected us seriously. It didn't allow us to move around easily or even express ourselves well.

"Well, Ethiopia are a team of young girls with prospects. They tried and I'm sure in few years, they will have come of age.

"For the second leg, we will go back to Nigeria to work on some areas, especially on our scoring. We will get ready for them (Ethiopia) in Benin City," he continued.

The winner of the return leg, which is billed for Benin City on December 16 will face either Cameroon or Algeria in the final phase of the qualifying series.