Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Flamingoes coach attributes victory over to hard work

26 September 2012, 16:16

Abuja - Mansur Abdullahi, the Assistant Coach of the Flamingoes, said the victory over Azerbaijan at the ongoing U-17 Women’s World Cup was based on hard work and composure of the players.

Abdullahi made the assertion in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Azerbaijan venue of the competition on Wednesday.

He said that the team became better composed after their first match against Canada which they drew 1-1.

He noted that some of the players made their first appearance in international tournament with the match against Canada.

The coach said the first group match opened their eyes to lapses which led to their missing many scoring chances that could have been converted.

He said that they had worked hard on all the lapses resulting in the resounding 11-0 victory against the hosts, Azerbaijan.

Abdullahi said the players got support from Nigerians which motivated them and that the presence of the Nigerian Deputy Ambassador to Iran, Manga Bello, also gave the girls courage.

``The girls are proud of what the people have being doing for us in terms of support, they were happy to see the Deputy Ambassador on the field.

``Messages from the President of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Aminu Maigari, and other board members of the association are encouraging.  

``The presence of the Technical Officer of the association, Siji Olangunju, also helped the girls to apply the right techniques at the right places as we taught them during training,’’ he said.

He said the team would play against Colombia on Saturday, which was the last group match for the team and they had no fears at all.

The coach said the team would rest on Wednesday and then continue training on Thursday against their next match.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...