Lisbon - Assistant Coach of the Nigeria U17 women national team, Ann Chiejine has said that the success of the Golden Eaglets at winning the 2013 U17 World Cup in UAE have motivated the Flamingoes ahead of its FIFA U17 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
Nigeria will begin its campaign against China in Group D on Sunday at the tournament that holds from March 15th to April 4th.
Chiejine who spoke on the mood of the team ahead of its opening game against China said Flamingoes are fully prepared for the challenges and hope to take all games seriously.
"Yea, I believe in our girls so much, they know why they are here and it is not for jamboree. Little tips we have about China shows they are more attacking conscious and if they leave their defense open, hmmm.”
"Our boys, the Golden Eaglets wining the U17 World Cup have given the girls a morale booster that they can do it too. They will put everything they have. I think our first game is important as the final match and by God grace after the match (China) we should be able to laugh," said the former Super Falcons goalkeeper.
In her assessment of the team after over three months of preparation, she said, "We have prepared enough right from Nigeria, we played series of friendly matches, we lost only one, drew one and won the rest, we have trained enough, we have done everything we could do in terms of tactical, technical and physical aspect of it, which the girls have adapted well too.
"There is understanding and cohesion in the team - we are not going to leave any stone unturned, we will do our best with the preparation we have had, I think the girls are in high spirit and ready to go," the assistant coach assured.
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