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Flamingoes coach commends teamwork

17 March 2014, 16:58Israel Ojoko

San Jose - Coach of the Flamingoes Bala Nikyu has attributed the team’s 2-1 victory over China to teamwork.

Nigeria beat China to kick start their 2014 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup on a winning note.

Nikyu commended the teamwork and resilience of his ladies to ensure victory against China in their Group D opening campaign, and would not single out any player for praise.

"I don't want to mention any player because they all did well, its team work, they played for themselves to win," Nikyu said.

Nigeria were two goals up at half time before China pulled one back after the break, and the gaffer has refused to blame his girls for a poor second half, insisting they did brilliantly well to preserve the lead despite the Chinese fought-back in the last half hour of the game.

"We played better in the first half, it is normal when down in any match you want to brace up, so am not surprise that China fought hard in the second half as they were already down, unless the final whistle is blown they will still want to fight back.

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