Former Super Falcons coach, Rolandson Odeh has flayed Falconets’ score draw against Mexico in the opening Group C game at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The nation’s campaigners were held to a 1-1 draw by the North American foes in the clash concluded early hours of Thursday( Nigeria time) at the Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada.
Odeh said the draw has put the Falconets in a difficult position that they have no choice than to win against their next opponents, South Korea, to stay alive in the biennial global football showpiece.
“Going by the 1-1 draw result it’s not quite a good one but for the point it’s good as it would have been terrible to lose the whole three points.
“Again the fact that other group game between England and South Korea ended in a 1-1 draw too, may as well be a respite as it has thrown open qualification in the group.
“However, the Falconets are now faced with a must win game situation against next opponents, South Korea, else it will be bye from the championship which again will turn out to be Nigeria’s worst performance in the age grade competition.
“Our lowest point has been the quarterfinals, Nigeria has played in the final as well as semifinals in the past which should serve as benchmark for the present squad.
“And against South Korea, the Falconets have one huge mountain to climb as the Asians were outstanding against the English who were lucky to pull a point.
“The Falconets must up their game to overcome the Koreans who appear to have the edge over us with their pace and style of play,” said the former Falconets coach to supersport.com.
Odeh, who fingered the short time the side spent in their training tour as responsible for the not too impressive performance, said the side’s coach, Peter Dedevbo must quickly address the loopholes for the side to stand a good chance in the championship.
“The training tour which they didn’t go on time may be contributory as the seven days have shown to be inadequate”.
“Beyond that the coach must work on his defence which was jerky in the first game against Mexico same as the midfield and non-existent, attack if they hope to stay in the competition,” said the former Jigawa Golden Stars coach.
The Falconets will tackle South Korea today in a must win game at the Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada.