25th September, 2012
After watching national female U-17 team played 1-1 with Canada in the opening match of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, former Super Falcons’ goalkeeper, Ann Chiejine says the Flamingoes, have what it takes to qualify for the quarter final.
Chiejine said having watched their game against Canada, she believes that Nigeria will do better in their remaining matches. Nigeria and Canada played out a pulsating draw in the Tofig Bahramov stadium, but the African side felt they deserved all three points.
“I was impressed with the performance of the Flamingoes against Canada despite the fact that they could not beat their opponents. What I saw in them showed that they can go far in the tournament,” said Chiejine who was the Super Falcons’ goalkeeper for 15 years, winning the African Women Championship, AWC, title five times and appearing in the FIFA World Cup three consecutive times.
The chief coach of Eko Female Football Team said Nigerians should not blame the Flamingoes for playing a draw with the North American side, adding that all the participating teams are potential winners.
She said Nigerians should rather praise the Flamingoes for coming back to equalise through Chinwendu Ihezuo in the 81st minute instead of critcising them for starting with a draw.
“It is too early to critcise our girls. If we had lost the match, what can we do? Thank God that our girls were able to hold their opponents to a draw. Their performance against Canada showed that they can go far in the tournament,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chief Coach of Flamingoes, Peter Dedevbo has expressed confidence that his team will go far in the tournament despite the result of their opening match against Canada.