Nigeria’S U -20 Women’s team, the Falconets, were held to a goalless draw by Ghana in one of the first of the two warm up matches.
The match was played at the FIFA Goal Project pitch of the Abuja National Stadium and indeed lived up to its billings.
The Ghanaians are expected to play two matches against the Falconets as part of the return leg earlier played in Ghana in the month of May.
Media Officer of the Falconets, Elizabeth Kah, said the head coach, Peter Dedevbo is not happy as his girls gifted the ball too easily which paved the way for their opponent dictating the pace of the game.
“These girls played as if they had nothing at stake, I am disappointed with the way they played. I cannot tolerate this in the next match. The Ghanaian side is good I must confess and this showed in the way they played. We cannot put up this kind of display at the World Cup, that is why such games afford us the opportunity to correct our lapses,” Dedevbo noted.
Peter Dedevbo added that yesterday’s match has afforded him another opportunity to look closer at the girls.
“On the next match he noted that the girls must improve on their performance. The girls must understand the rivalry that exists between Ghana and Nigeria and they must show me more reasons why l should take them to Canada because if they are to fly the flag of Nigeria in Canada then they must up their game.”
Dedevbo further hinted that the second match would be a different ball game, and that the Falconets must win it.
Team captain Patience Okaeme after the match said the team did not do enough to win the game. She assured that the next match will be a different one entirely.
“I agree that we did not play well, that is why it is good that such games are organised to put us in the right frame of mind and I can assure you that in our next match on Sunday against Ghana we shall show them the stuff we are made.”
The Falconets had won their first match against Ghana 2-1 in Accra and were beaten 0-1 in the second game.
The last friendly would be played on Sunday at the FIFA Goal project pitch by 4pm.