Baki - Flamingoes’ Coach Peter Dedevbo said his team was battle ready to face France in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup quarter-final match at the 8 MK Stadium in Baku on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during their training at the Baku Football Club in Azerbaijan on Tuesday, Dedevbo said the Flamingoes were favourites for the cup.
“We thank God for qualifying us for the quarter-final stage of this competition. My team is very ready and well prepared to face France on Thursday.
``We are putting everything into this very match, so that at the end, we will win”.
He sounded rather philosophical that only God knows who will win Thursday’s match.
The Coach said: “We want to take every game as it comes. We’ll do our best and leave the rest to God. Only God knows who will win”.
But he quickly added that,`` the Flamingoes of Nigeria were the favourites for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Nigeria is favourite. We are favourites.
“Thank God, there is no injury in my team. Everybody is okay”, the Coach said.
On discipline, he said his team did not record any offence during the group stage of the competition because; discipline and fair play have been drummed into the ears of the girls.
“We are bringing these young players up and preparing them for Nigeria’s U-20 (Falconets) and the Super Falcons’ squads. So, we always preach morals to them. We inculcate discipline into them.
“We tell them always that players don’t just get booked for carded offences, anyhow. We make them to understand that it is too early for them to start having yellow and red cards’’
``We just wish they will grow up in their football careers with this idea of fair play”.
The coach said that his team was well motivated by the Nigeria Football Federation to perform well and “above all, we motivate ourselves.”