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Improve on goal scoring chances, fans advise

26 September 2012, 08:03

Abuja - Football fans on Tuesday in Abuja advised the Flamingoes to improve on converting their goal scoring opportunities in the on-going U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Some of them spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the under-17 women national team walloped the hosts, Azerbaijan 11-0 in their second Group A match.

Director of Competitions of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Mohammed Sanusi said they should improve on converting their opportunities to be able to cope when they meet a stronger team.

"I enjoyed the match and I knew before now that we have a really good team that can defeat Azerbaijan with that wide margin and I am happy that we have done it.

"Now we are topping the group and I know that by God’s grace we will beat Colombia and top our group eventually.

"I will advise them to remain focussed because some of the chances they couldn’t convert are similar to the ones they had against Canada in their first match.

"We should try as much as possible to convert such chances because when we meet a stronger team, it will be difficult to come back if they should allow or concede a goal first.

"I must commend them for working as a team, and we want them to continue in that manner and improve on it if possible," he said.

NFA’s Media Officer, Ademola Olajire said the players should not be carried away by the result but should strive to improve on their lapses.

"They played good football and their efforts are commendable although we want them to set a new record by making the goals twelve instead of eleven.

"The most important thing now is to beat Colombia in the next match so that we can top the group.

"In order to achieve what we are all hoping for, they need to improve on converting their chances.

"They lost a lot of glaring goals scoring opportunities despite that they scored eleven goals.

"This is important because they might eventually come across a team that will not allow them to create so many chances, so they should learn to convert the ones they have,’’ he said.

A referee in the FCT, Promise Uwaeme said the team should remain focused and avoid any form of distraction.

"I saw a team that was hungry for goals and their action was a definition of patriotism.

"All they need now is a psychologist that will help them remain focused and make sure that no form of distraction is allowed at all," he said.

Kola Alabi, a corps member advised the coaches to work on their defence and attack to prepare them for greater challenges.  

"The match is a morale booster for the girls because it will give them more confidence, but it is not so good for the team because they were not challenged at all.

"But they have to be commended because they were coordinated throughout the game.

"It is just that their defence was not strong, and that was because they were not challenged at all, they concentrated more on their attack.

"What they need to do now in their next match is to concentrate both on their attack and defence and not to leave any space leaking," he said.

NAN reports that the team played 1-1 draw with Canada in their first group match and whipped Azerbaijan11-0 in the second match.

They now share four points apiece with Canada but are placed ahead of the North Americans on goal difference to top the group.

Flamingoes will play Colombia in their next match on Saturday where they need just a point to advance to the quarter-finals stage.



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