ABUJA – A cross-section of football fans in Abuja on Thursday praised the Falconets for whipping North Korea 6-2 in a semi-final game at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The Nigerian under-20 women football team were superlative in beating the Koreans on Wednesday at Moncton in Canada.
The fans told NAN in separate interviews that the team had made remarkable strides in the history of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
They were also optimistic that the team would win the competition for Nigeria’s first-ever title win at any international event in women football.
Coach Mary Benny of State House Football Club said she was delighted with the team’s performance, adding that girls had made the country proud.
“I am so happy with the girls’ performance. They were focused and they knew what they wanted. [eap_ad_1] “They have made the country proud and I suppose that this is the highest-scoring semi-final ever seen at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup,’’ Benny said.
A sports journalist Austin Okeke commended the team for its victory, adding that he was hopeful the team would win the competition. “I am not surprised that they (the players) won, because they have shown great sign of teamwork, discipline and commitment.
“I must commend them for going this far. I just pray that God will crown their efforts by granting them victory in the final match,’’ Okeke said.
Mike Ajayi, a civil servant, said he was amazed by the girls’ style of play.
“I really enjoyed the match yesterday (Wednesday). In fact, I have not seen Nigerian female footballers in such high spirits before. I was amazed.
“I give kudos to them and I pray that they would bring the trophy home,’’ he said.
Johnson Musa, another civil servant, said the team played well, and added that he was optimistic the girls would win the competition.
The Falconets will now take on Germany, 2-1 winners over France in the other semi-final match, in the final match in Montreal on Sunday.
North Korea and France will take each other on in the third-place match, also on Aug. 24.(NAN)