14th September, 2010
Coach of Chile, Ronnie Radonich, has described Nigeriaâ€™s Flamingoes as a side that playÂ quality football especiallyÂ during their last group match in the ongoing FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™sÂ World Cup on Sunday.
Radonich said he was not surprised that his ladies were whitewashed by the Nigerian girls inÂ a one-sided encounter that saw the Flamingoes ran away with five goals in the match.Â Radonich was sad that his ladies conceded at least 10 goals without winning a match, addingÂ that they have learnt a good football lesson in the championship.
According to him, â€œNigeria were the better team. They play great football, theyâ€™re full ofÂ energy and they pose a real goal threat. As for us, we just werenâ€™t able to get our gameÂ going. Weâ€™re obviously disappointed to be leaving Trinidad and Tobago on the back of anotherÂ defeat.â€
Peter Dedevbo, Nigeria coach was happy that his ladies maintained a good unbeaten run in theÂ group stage of the tourney. The team defeated Korea 3-2 in their first match, beat the hostsÂ 2-1 and whitewashed Chile 5-0Â in the last match.
Dedevdo said: â€œIâ€™m very happy to have won our final group match. It was important for us toÂ register victory before moving on to the quarter-finals. Itâ€™s a shame that Chile have to goÂ home; I wish them the best in the future.â€
To the Nigeriaâ€™s attacking midfielder, Loveth Ayila, scoring a hat-trick against Chile was aÂ wonderful experience. She said the Flamingoes have to put the group stage matches behindÂ them and focus on their quarter final match against Korea Republic on Thursday.
She said: â€œIâ€™m obviously very proud and happy to have scored a hat-trick in the matchÂ against the Chileans. We really wanted to win this one, as it sets us up well for theÂ quarter-finals. Thatâ€™s the match weÂ have to start preparing for. The qualities that thisÂ team possess make me feel quite confident about our chances.â€