Coach Bankole: Nigeria to finish the business in Benin against Congo
The coach of Nigeria's Under-17 women's team Bankole Olowookere has come out to say his teenage wards will approach this weekend's second round second leg world cup qualifying encounter against Congo with deadly precision despite leading 3:0 from the first leg.
“There is no complacency in our camp." he said.
"Every match must be approached with the mentality of gaining victory. We did well in Kinshasa but the girls wasted a number of scoring chances and we have been working on that. Clinical precision is key for any team that wants to win matches and tournaments.” Concluded the coach.
The match will be played in Benin on Saturday the 19th of March.
With all due respect to the Congolese team, I believe an aggregate victory for Nigeria’s teenagers is more or less a forgone conclusion in this contest. But they still need to be watchful and alert as anything can happen in football. The Congolese ladies will be hurting from the result of the first leg (as they had expected to do much better in front of their home fans) so I expect them to approach this match like a wounded animal. In truth, they had their moments in Kinshasa but Nigeria’s Flamingos just had that bit more quality and fire power. Perhaps coach Bankole can give some fringe players the opportunity to showcase their talents. We have already seen how deadly the likes of Blessing Emmanuel, defender Tumininu Adeshina and forward Opeyemi Ajakaiye can produce in front of goal. Having strength in-depth in the squad will augur well for how far they can go in this qualifiers and indeed how well they will perform in India if they scale the qualifiers hurdle. The winners across both legs will lock horns with Egypt in the next round of qualifiers.
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