Coach of Nigeria Women’s U-20, the Falconets, Peter Dedevbo is already talking tough following the outcome of the recent draws held for 8th FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup billed for Papua New Guinea in November this year.
The Falconets are in Group B alongside Spain, Japan and Canada but the Falconets Coach insists that rather harboring fear for the opposing teams, the reverse ought to be the case going by the pedigree of Nigeria in the competition.
“I don’t see why we need to fear any team. Rather, those teams should be the ones to be scared. Our pedigree at this level is intimidating.
“However, we would not be under-rating any of Spain, Canada or Japan. Our principle, as always, would be to take it one match at a time and focus on our objective of doing Nigeria proud.”
The Nigeria Women’s U-20 team have made it all the way to the finals on two occasions and they will be keen to get it right under Coach Dedevbo who was also in charge when the Falconets cruised elegantly into the final of the last competition in Canada, losing to Germany only after extra time.
Going by Thursday’s draw held at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, the Nigeria U-20 girls are pitched against known foes Canada and Japan, and relatively unfamiliar Spain.
The Falconets rich history at the Women’s U20 World Cup has seen them reaching the quarter -finals in Thailand 2004, Russia 2006 and Chile 2008, the U-20 girls finished as runners-up in Germany 2010 and Canada 2014 and reached the semi finals in Japan 2012.