9th July, 2010
Coach Paul Hamilton says he is optimistic that Nigeriaâ€™s Super Falconets can beat England in the opening match of the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup which kicks off on 14 July in Germany.
Nigeria are in Group C alongside Mexico, Japan and England, Falconets will begin their campaign against the English team on 14 July at the Augsburg Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the encounter against England, former coach of the Super Falcons, Hamilton, who was fondly called Wonder Boy during his playing days, said that Nigeria parade quality players to go all out for victory against their opponents, adding that a loss to the European country in the first match of the World Cup will be a disappointment to soccer loving Nigerians, who are still nursing the poor performance of the Super Eagles in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
â€œI sincerely believe in the ability of the Nigerian ladies that they will go far in the tournament in Germany. They prepared very well before they left the shores of the country for the world championship. I believe that the players are ready to do the nation proud. I wonâ€™t be surprised if Nigeria beat England in the opening group match because we have defeated them before, â€œsaid Hamilton who took the Super Falcons to the FIFA Women World Cup held in China in 1991.
â€”SundayÂ Â Akintoye