By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Nigeria Women Under 17 side, Flamingos players are optimistic and motivated to defeat Guinea again in the return leg of their India 2020 Under 17 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers after a comprehensive 1-6 away victory in Conakry.
Rivers Angels midfielders Abiodun Deborah Ajibola said that the team is motivated by their coaches and playing at home gives them joy.
“We are ready. The girls are ready to do well to make Nigerians proud, to do our best and also to put in our 100% concentration, play according to our coaches instructions and make Nigeria proud as a whole. We are 100% motivated by everything around us. The fact that we are playing a home game gives us so many joy and inspiration and we are motivated by our fans here in Lagos especially our coaches. Our coaches have done everything humanly to motivate us. My message to Nigerians is that they should keep praying for us. By God’s grace, we are going to make them smile, make Nigeria proud and make everyone happy. If Nigeria gets to qualify for the Word Cup, it means the whole world to me and my team mates. Definitely we will put all our efforts and play to our coaches instructions to make sure we qualify and put smiles on Nigerian faces.”
The team leading goal scorer who also score a hatrick in the first leg, Osun Babes Yemisi Samuel said it is not about scoring hatrick and she hope to score and also assist her team mates.
“I think we are well prepared because we have been training hard and well since we came back from Guinea and I am sure we are ready for the game. It is not as if we are under rating them but we are well prepared for the match. It is not about scoring hatrick. It is about the team winning because it is not about only me. This is a team work but if I have the chances to score in tomorrow’s game, I will and if I am in the position to assist any of my team mates to score, I would do that too. Nigerians should seat back and await victory and for those that are in Lagos, they should come to Agege Stadium to watch good football.”
Confluence Queens midfielder, Adoo Yina seized the opportunity to urge Lagos fans to come to the stadium in order to cheer them up in their World Cup qualification quest.
“We are very well prepared. Our coaches have given us the trainings. We are prepared to execute the job tomorrow. I can’t really assure you of many goals but the most important thing is victory. We are going to win the match tomorrow and that is the only thing we can assure. My message to Nigerians is to urge all Nigerians especially those living in Lagos to come out tomorrow and support us at Agege Stadium as we take on Guinea second leg of the Under 17 World Cup Qualifier.”
Nasarawa Amazons player, Hannah Yusuf also shared her national team experience with the Under 17 side as well as being optimistic about another victory over Guinea in the return leg.
“My experience in the National team was one of a kind.
The whole team was filled with team spirit, we could sense that we are working towards a common goal, because we can’t afford to let our dear country down like what happend in the last u17 Womens world Cup Qualifier.
Also my experience in Guinea was good, we went there to take what we wanted.
Although I didn’t start the match but I made sure I made my mark. I came in at 80+ minutes and still provided the assist for the last goal. For the return leg? I expect it to be a walk in the park.
Although I know the Guinean girls will try to cause an upset but we won’t let our guard down.
I was expecting a win for us.
But with what we displayed away from home, I believe we should be able to do better with the support of Nigerians.”
Flamingos will trade tackle with Guinea at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, by 4:00 p.m Nigerian time with a 6-1 victory from the first leg in Conakry.
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