Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday in Abuja urged the U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, to win the third place match in the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
In a statement signed by NFF’s Media Officer, Ademola Olajire, its Chairman of Media and Publicity Committee, Emeka Inyama, said they should not be deterred by the semi-final loss to the US on Tuesday.
The Falconets were denied the ticket to the final of the competition by US, with a goal each in the two halves.
``Of course, the team was not disgraced. The players put up good fighting spirit and gave it their all, but it was not their day.
``They created more chances than the Americans, had greater ball possession and had more actual playing time than their opponents.
``We want them to go all out for the bronze medal on Saturday in order to console football fans and the generality of Nigerians who have supported the team ever since.
``It is something they can do against the Japanese, by being well-organised and disciplined,” he said.
Inyama said the NFF was working hard to discover more players for all the women teams.
He said the Falconets' performance in Japan meant there was hope they could form the nucleus of the new senior national women’s team, the Super Falcons.
``The age grade competitions are strictly developmental and to that extent, the Falconets have done fairly enough to be considered for the next level,” he said.
The leader of Falconets’ delegation to Japan, Effiong Johnson, also charged the girls and officials to remain focused.
He urged them not to be discouraged but rather, to look ahead to their third place match against Japan, saying the team was not disgraced and gave its all against the Americans.
The Falconets took Wednesday off to go and see the town, and will train on Thursday and Friday for the confrontation with the Japanese team on Saturday.
The semi-final match between Nigeria and Japan is slated for Sept. 8 in Tokyo.
The final is in Tokyo where Germany will battle the US.