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Danjuma: W/Cup Group Exit Would Have Stalled Falconets’ Transformation

Danjuma: W/Cup Group Exit Would Have Stalled Falconets’ Transformation

Falconets coach Christopher Danjuma says that an early exit from the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France would have impeded the evolution of his team, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The Falconets needed an own goal in additional time to earn a 1-1 draw against Chin and sealed a quarter-final berth in the competition after Zhang Linyan scored four minutes from half time to give the Asians the lead.

“It was a hard, hard-fought game and we know it is not good for the evolution and development of football to just go out in the group stage, so that is why we kept going and kept going and kept going,” Danjuma,who is also the current head coach of Nasarawa Amazons told FIFA.com.

“We didn’t come to sit back and look for a draw, but the goal came just in the nick of time.”

Nigeria’s Falconets will face Spain on Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister for Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung said the victory was a reflection of their determination, team spirit and hard work which earned the team a deserved quarter final ticket.

“Let me once again congratulate you on behalf of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and the good people of Nigeria. It was a hard-fought qualification and you worked so hard to earn this ticket.

“I had no doubt in my mind that you were going to scale through,” Dalung stated in a media statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media.

He also pledged his unflinching support to the team and charged them to double their efforts in their next game.

“Hard work is the only sure way to success. To stand a chance of returning home with the trophy, you must train and work harder.”

“Having watched the team play, I’m convinced that you can go as far as the final.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 3
  • “I had no doubt in my mind that you were going to scale through,” Dalung stated in a media statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media.

    Oga Dalung, this one is a lie. Most had doubts since the game against Haiti, especially doubt about the coach. Even the most hardened believers had doubts in the game against China when it was 90th minute on the clock. All the best to the girls, but honestly I’m not very hopeful. For me, the goalkeeper is the only bright spark who really knows what she’s doing.

  • iszzy 3 months ago

    thank u KEL for been honest.
    The girls played their best. But they are lacking in talents.This is the worse crop of female players Nigeria has ever produced.To even get a short on target is a problem.
    I am not expecting anything from them today.
    I however believe in miracles.
    only our No 7 player seem to know what she is doing.
    its quite sad.

  • iszzy 3 months ago

    where did find all this heavy and tactically stagnant female Nigeria players self.
    No striker
    No Midfielder
    No defence.
    I wonder what they are doing in the team.
    The same footballing Issues with the super eagles.
    I know local girls who can dazzle d world , but who will pick them

    ONLY GOD CAN SAVE THIS NATION FROM INEPTITUDE AND CORRUPTION EVEN IN FOOTBALL PLAYERS SELECTION.

    What a beautiful nonsense of a team who cannot even deliver one accurate pass or a shot at goal.
    like player , like coach, like NFF.
    sad!