Falconets Coach, Peter Dedevbo, is confident that his girls will bounce back from their shambolic 6-0 defeat to Japan, to pick maximum points from the remaining two matches in the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Delta Queens gaffer charges the players to put behind them the horrific display in their first game and focus on the challenge Canada and Spain will offer.
"We are down but not out, and this is the time for us to fight till the end of the competition. It would be fool–hardy for us to start feeling sorry for ourselves because it will affect our focus for the remaining games in the tournament," Dedevbo states.
"I must acknowledge the fact that the Japanese side was good, even though I didn't envisage the goal margin. The outcome means that we will return to the trenches and re-strategize."
Meanwhile, Falconets defender, Glory Ogbonna, is confident that the the team will fight on and revive their FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup trophy hopes, as well as redeem Nigeria's image in Papua New Guinea.
"Collectively, as a team, we have accepted the fact that we started badly against Japan, but it doesn't mean that we have given up because all hope is not lost," she says.
"I believe that the reason for Sunday's defeat was a clarion call for us as a team to wake up to the harsh realities on ground. If we had won or drawn that game, apparently, the whole team would feel that we have arrived.
"Canada is a must-win for us and it is not negotiable. We have learnt our lessons in a bitter and humiliating way. I want to promise all Nigerians that we must redeem our image and march on in this tournament.”
Nigeria will face Canada in their second Group B match on Wednesday at the Bava Park Stadium in Port Moresby. Both countries are at the bottom of the table with no point.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN