Nigeria U-17 women’s team coach Bala Nikyu has described Nigeria’s victory over Mexico on Monday as a huge motivation for his team ahead of their quarter-final showdown with Spain.
Nigeria hammered Mexico 3-0 to finish ahead of their North American opponents in Group D with goals from Rasheedat Ajibade, Uchenna Kanu and Aminat Yakubu ensuring the victory for the team.
The Flamingoes will meet Spain, which finished second in Group C behind Japan, on Friday morning.
“We put in a very good performance, and we’re extremely happy to have beaten a strong Mexican side. The result enables us to finish top of the group and to move on to the next stage full of confidence,” Nikyu told journalists in Costa Rica.
Flamingoes assistant coach Ann Chiejine is also confident Nigeria will progress to the final. She asked for prayers from Nigerians.
“We won’t leave any stone unturned after the three games we have played; we’ll continue from there. We will take all the games as they come. In the game against Spain, we will play it as if it is our last,” the former Super Falcons goalkeeper said.
“For Nigerians, they should continue to pray for us until we bring the trophy back home.”
Mexico coach Leonardo Cuellar has admitted his side could not match the Flamingoes in the match.
He said, “It was a tough match because our opponents took a very physical approach. It didn’t work out for us as we tried to match Nigeria physically instead of performing as a team.
“We need to look at why we didn’t manage to play our usual game, and aim to do better against Japan.”