By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Coach of the Nigerian Under 17 (U-17) girls who doubled as the coach of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership side, Naija Ratels, Bankole Olowookere after his side’s 0-2 win over Egypt which all but sealed a 0-6 aggregate passage into the final round (Fourth Round) of India 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.
“It was a bit tough for us due to the home support and the weather was a bit harsh than our expectations. It’s okay as the girls gave their best and earned a good result.
“The Egyptians have their pattern of play (style of play) and decided to come hard on us. We tried to avoid injuries and keep it calm with them in retrieving balls from them.” Said Bankole Olowookere after the game.
Goals from Opeyemi Ajakaye in the fifth minute and Amina Bello in the 14th minute sealed a 0-2 win for the young Nigerian side.
The team will face either South Africa or Ethiopia in the final round.
“We just need to seat and get in-depth knowledge about our next opponents like our previous matches and map out our strategies on them. The main aim is for us to qualify for the World Cup and we will surely do that by the grace of God.” He concluded.
Nigeria has only missed the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup once since the inception of the tournament.
This year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup will hold in India, from 11th – 30th October.
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