Lagos - Ahead of Nigeria's final group phase match at the
FIFS U20 Women’s World Cup, Coach Peter Dedevbo has declared that his girls
need to toughen up for the battle against Spain.
As reward for a courageous performance against Canada, in
which the girls came from behind to win 3-1, the players were given a rest day
on Thursday. In place of the normal training sessions, the Falconets were
allowed to swim for one hour. While banking on divine intervention for victory
against the Spaniards, Dedevbo says he will embark on a total make –over for
the all –important encounter on Sunday.
"After every game, we go back to x-ray our areas of
weakness and strength. The match against Canada was very challenging but I am
happy with the eventual outcome. To progress in this tournament, we need to
toughen up for the last match against Spain and I believe that God will grant
"We are going to work on all the departments of the
team from defence to attack. The fact that we defeated Canada does not imply
that the team is hundred percent compact.
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"I am proud of how the girls were able to come from
behind to win the match. Spain no doubt is a good team, they defeated Japan, a
team that scored six goals against us, which means that we must step up our
The Falconets confront group leaders Spain on Sunday
(starting from 7am Nigeria time). Nigeria needs to win while hoping that Japan
does not get a win against Canada in the other match of Group B.
that Dedevbo has remained bullish despite the 6-0 walloping by Japan in
Nigeria’s first match at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
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