Flamingoes coach Bala Nikyu says he is not impressed with the performance of his team against Ethiopia despite advancing to the next round of the qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup.
Flamingoes were held to a goalless draw in the second leg of their tie with Ethiopia at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Saturday.
“I’m highly disappointed because I never expected Ethiopia to pick a draw here,” Nikyu told reporters after the match.
Nigeria qualified for the next round despite playing a goalless draw courtesy of the 1-1 away goal in Addis Ababa in the first leg.
Coach Nikyu, however, said his team must step their game up when they face Cameroon in the final round of qualifiers.
The 6th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals will hold in Uruguay November 20 to December 13, 2018.
Nigeria’s Flamingos have been an ever-present in the competition since it was launched in New Zealand in 2008.
Falconets head coach, Bala Nikyu, has blamed the early exit of his players from the FIFA U-17 world cup on inexperience.
Coach Nikyu told Channels Television that aside three players who featured at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Costa Rica all the girls featured at the championships in Jordan for the first time.
He, however, said the tournament was a good learning process for the U-17 side.
Nigeria crashed out at the group phase of the competition without scoring a goal in three games.
National U-17 women’s coach, Bala Nikyu, says his team is ready for the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, which kicks off on September 30 in Jordan.
The Flamingoes’ will be up against Brazil during the first match that will take place on October 1.
Nikyu, who also led the Flamingoes at the last championship in Costa Rica, where Nigeria reached the quarterfinals, admitted that the players had not reached the peak of their fitness.
He, however, said he would ensure that everything is done to improve their performance ahead of the games.
A total of 30 players, alongside technical and backroom crew, have been in camp in Abuja for the past two weeks in readiness for the championship.
The Flamingoes have won all three warm up games as they intensify preparations for the tournament and Coach Nikyu said the girls will continue to work on their weak areas.
He expressed confidence in the team’s performance, noting that “Nigeria will tackle Brazil, England and 2008 champions Korea DPR, in the group stage at the 5th FIFA U-17 women’s world cup”.