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Nigeria coach listed for FIFA awards

24 October 2014, 12:15Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Coach of Nigeria national U20 Women’s team Peter Dedevbo has been announced as a contender for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football 2014.

The Nigerian is among ten coaches selected globally to contend for the award.

Dedevbo led the Falconets to the final of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup played in Montreal in August, where Nigeria lost the trophy after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Germany.

An extra time goal from Lena Petermann was all the European side needed to lift their third trophy at the expense of Dedevbo’s ladies that came into the game with intention of avenging their defeat to the European side in the final of the 2010 edition.

Also read: Falconets coach: I’ve proved critics wrong

To contend with Dedevbo for the award are Philippe Bergeroo (France/France national team), Laura Harvey (England/Seattle Reign FC), Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden national team), and Asako Takemoto Takakura (Japan/Japan U-17 national team).

Others are Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team and U-19 national team), Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Switzerland national team).

FIFA will on December 1 shortlist only three coaches who have received the most votes, for the award billed for Zurich Kongresshaus on 12 January 2015.

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