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.