Even with the return leg of final FIFA Women U-17 World Cup between Nigeria and South Africa yet to be decided, Flamingoes head Coach Bala Nkiyu has declared that his team will now shift focus to making exploits when this year’s cadet competition gets underway in Jordan.
In a fortnight, Nigeria’s Flamingoes will storm Johannesburg to seal their World Cup ticket after they walloped South Africa’s Bantwana 6-0 in a first leg clash last weekend.
Much-excited Bala remarked that nothing would stop his girls from making the desired impact at 2016 Women championship in September.
“The victory we secured against our South African opponent is good and we are happy with the victory. As far as we are concern in Nigeria, with this margin of goals, we are done already and our focus now is world cup in Jordan, come September.
“What helped us was that the girls played to the instruction, from the beginning of the match, I told the players to look for the numbers of goals because they can come back in the second half and rubbish the game. And with this margin of goals, the return leg I think, there will be no problem and if we have opportunity to score goals, nothing will stop us
“Another factor that helped the team was that we have enough time to prepare unlike 2014 when we have short period of preparation. Now the world cup is in September and i think we have enough time to prepare and I can assure Nigerian by the grace of God, we going to have a good outing not just participation.
On her part, Head coach of South African ladies Maude Khumalo has already given up on the possibility of her girls cancelling huge deficit at the return leg.
Khumalo who spoke to Nigerian Pilot Sports shortly before their departure back to Johannesburg last weekend admitted that her side, South Africa’s Bantwana lack the required experience to face their Nigerian opponents.
According to her, “this is actually the first international match my team will be taking part in. As you can see the entire goals scored against us came in the first half. Our opponent, the Nigerian side couldn’t score more goals in the second half due to how we adjusted quickly.
“With time, we will become a good side but for now, it is difficult to cancel out goals we already conceded.”


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