Head Coach of Nigeria’s U17 Women football team, Flamingoes, Bala Nikyu has declared that he has a winning
strategy in place to dismantle Spain for the semi-final ticket in Friday’s 2014 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match at the Edgardo Baltodano Stadium in Liberia.
The match which would kick-off at 8:00 pm local time on Thursday (3:00am in Nigeria on Friday), according to Nikyu, offers the Nigerian ladies the chance to continue with their excellent form at the
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“We would ensure that we win this game within the allotted time and we are looking at the possibility of not allowing the game to be dragged into a penalty shootout,” said Nikyu.
“Yes, I agree that Spain has been making progress since they started but they won’t progress (beyond the quarterfinal) at the expense of Nigeria on Friday.”
Media Officer of the team, Jenifer Okoye told Daily Trust that, though Nikyu was sounding very optimistic that the match would be won by his glory-seeking side within the regulation time, he and his assistants were not taking chances as they drill and perfect penalty kicks with the players at their last training session on Wednesday evening in Costa Rica.
It would be recalled that the hopes of Flamingoes becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals were dashed as they were beaten on penalties by France, who went on to lift the trophy at the last edition.
“Against Spain, there won’t be any margin for errors and we are paying proper attention to everything we have done and would do for this match,” Nikyu stressed.
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