Nigeria’s Flamingos will beat South Africa again, says Coach Nikyu

Nigeria’s Flamingos will beat South Africa again, says Coach Nikyu

Sunday, March 13, 2016 5:24 am


Coach Bala Nikyu

Coach Bala Nikyu

Bala Nikyu, Head Coach of the Flamingos has given an assurance that his players would replicate their first leg performance in the second leg game in a fortnight’s time.

Nigeria’s under-17 women football team whipped their South African counterparts, the Bantwana, 6-0 in their encounter at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday.

The match was the final round first leg fixture in the qualifiers for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Speaking after the match, Nikyu told newsmen that his players were as good as qualifying for the competition billed for Jordan later in the year.

“I am happy with my players because they played to instructions, and I commend them for their good performance.Our target was to score all the goals we could in the first half, so that in the second half we would not have much to do.

“My girls listened to my instructions and did exactly what I asked them to do.We will start preparations immediately for the second leg and I can assure you that we will beat them in South Africa.

“Flamingos will make Nigerians proud at the end of the second leg game in South Africa,” he said.

On her part South Africa’s coach Maud Khumalo said her team would be going back home to work on their mistakes.

“Nigeria was able to score all these goals because of the silly and unavoidable mistakes from my players.I can understand and pardon the young lads because this is the first time they were playing in an international match.

“We are going back home to work and correct all our mistakes and I promise that the return leg will be a more serious game,’’ she said.

The Nigerian side had earlier in the qualifiers silenced hosts Namibia 5-0 in the second round second leg game of the qualifiers.

This was after a 4-0 win in the first leg, and they thus advanced 9-0 on aggregate.

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