13th September, 2010
With Nigeriaâ€™s Flamingoes securing their place in the quarter final of the ongoing FIFA U-17Â Womenâ€™s World Cup, one of the players, Francisca Ordega, sees the team playing in the final.
Ordega told FIFA.com that she prefers the FlamingoesÂ to meet the German team in the final.
â€œI hope we can go as far as possible in the competition and make the people of Nigeria proudÂ of us. Weâ€™re a disciplined and tightly knit team thatâ€™s good on the ball and weâ€™veÂ definitely got what it takes to succeed.â€
â€œIt would be perfect to meet Germany in the final,â€ she adds, going on to explain theÂ reasons behind her preferred choice of opponent. â€œThey beat our big sisters in the U-20Â final and they beat us 5-2 in a warm-up match for this World Cup. It would be good to setÂ the record straight.â€
It was only a few weeks ago that Nigeriaâ€™s Falconets surprised everyone by taking theirÂ place in the final of the FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Germany 2010. Picking up where theirÂ elders left off, the countryâ€™s high-flying Flamingoes are charting a similar course atÂ theÂ U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup by winning their opening two matches in Group A to soar into the lastÂ eight.
Starting out with a 3-2 victory over title holders Korea DPR, the young Nigerians followedÂ up with a 2-1 defeat of the tournament hosts, scorelines that barely reflected theirÂ domination of both games. Adopting a 4-3-3 formation, the powerful yet cultured AfricansÂ have been in scintillating form in the Caribbean, with the likes of Ngozi Okobi, HalimatuÂ Ayinde, Loveth Ayila and speedy forward Francisca Ordega, the scorer of two goals to date,Â all impressing.
â€œWe are the favourites. To my mind we are the best team there is. Itâ€™s wonderful to beÂ here,â€ saidÂ the Bayelsa Queens forward, clearly enjoying the experience.
â€œTo be taking part in this World Cup is a fantastic opportunity and Iâ€™ll never forgetÂ everything thatâ€™s happening to me here.â€