Lagos - Head Coach of the U-20 Women National Team, Peter
Dedevbo, insisted on Wednesday that his Falconets will not under –rate their
counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Saturday’s 2016 FIFA U-20
Women’s World Cup qualifier in Abuja.
The Falconets, who have played at every edition of the FIFA
tournament since it was launched in Canada in 2002, won the first leg played in
Kinshasa 2-1 and looks destined for the final round of the African series.
The Nigeria U-20 is also the reigning world vice champion.
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Yet, Dedevbo will not allow his girls to think the fixture
is over and that all they need do to reach the final round (where either of
South Africa and Zambia awaits) is turn up at the National Stadium, Abuja on
“I have a philosophy, which is to respect every team and not
to fear any, and also that it is never over until it is over. We have won the
first leg 2-1; there is still a second leg to play to determine the winner on
“We have 90 precious minutes to go in this fixture. There
will be no heaving of any sigh of relief until after the final whistle on
Saturday. We will approach the match as if we lost the first leg.”
Early goals by Chinaza Uchendu and Chinwendu Ihezuo gave the
Falconets a 2-1 win in Kinshasa, and the Congolese believe there is still much
to play for at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The DR Congo delegation will fly into Abuja aboard an
Ethiopian Airline flight on Thursday afternoon and will be accommodated at the
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