After embalming Egypt with 4 goals to nil in the women's semi-final first leg under-17 world cup qualifier on Sunday, members of the team have been talking on how they made good on their promise to Nigeria fans.
"We are very very happy with the outcome of this encounter," said captain Alvine Dah-Zossu. "We promised to do our best and that was exactly what we delivered. Well, we actually made some mistakes so we will work on these in our next training sessions so that we can deliver an even more compelling and exciting experience in the second leg in Cairo." She said.
"With the way Egypt set up, it was clear they only planned to be overly defensive," said Head Coach Bankole. "So we had to work to penetrate them and get behind their defensive wall to grab our goals despite their best efforts," he added.
"The Egyptian coach had boasted that they will defeat us by three goals to nil here, so, how did that work for them? We actually hammered them four unreplied goals. I am not one to boast but I noticed several loopholes on both sides. We will work on ours and the results will be evident on the pitch in the second leg," concluded coach Bankole.
Undeterred, the Egyptian coach believes they might yet spring surprises in the second leg.
"In Cairo, we will be able to have a more better performance and result as well. This is football and anything is possible." Said Egypt coach Mohamed Moshen.
There is a rumour circulating on social media that FIFA might be mulling over cancelling the already postponed under-17 women's world cup in India due to fresh corona virus outbreak. As we are several months away from the tournament, I will take this rumour with a pinch of salt.
I thought we were likely to meet South Africa in the final round of qualifiers to reignite old rivalry but they went down to a shock 3:0 away loss to Somalia. So much for pre-match predictions!
The second leg against Egypt is set for 1 May 2022.
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