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Tough game awaits Flamingoes in Windhoek, says Namibian coach

10 January 2016, 09:04

Abuja - Coach Mervin Mbakera of Namibia on Saturday said his team would give Nigeria’s Flamingoes a good fight in their return match in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Flamingoes, Nigeria’s national under-17 women football team, defeated the Baby Gladiators of Namibia 4-0 in a second round first leg match.

The match was played at the Abuja National Stadium’s main bowl, while the second leg match will take place in a fortnight’s time in Windhoek.

Mbakera, who is the Baby Gladiators’ head coach, however told newsmen that while the Nigerian team was stronger than his team, he was sure they were not better.

``I will praise my team because they fought well, even though their efforts could not yield them a good result. But, we will not lose our second leg game.

``We have seen our mistakes, and we will go back home to correct them and prevent the Flamingoes from beating us in the second leg. The Nigerian team is not super.

``The goals we conceded were due to minor mistake caused by my players,’’ he said.

Speaking also, Bala Nikyu, the Flamingoes’ head coach, praised his girls for a work well done.

``We have been working hard to have this kind of result. We have a long way to go, and we will fight harder to will all our games.

``We will surely take part in the World Cup, by God’s grace,’’ he said.

The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is scheduled for Jordan from September 30 to October 21.



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