Esin Warns Flamingoes Ahead Colombia Clash


Nigeria’s Flamingoes have been warned not to let the 11-0 bashing of Azerbaijan get into their heads and fail to prepare very well for their last group match against Colombia in the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Former Nigerian international, Etim Esin warned the Nigerian girls not to lose focus, saying that their match against Colombia is very crucial to their qualification to the next round of the World Cup.

Etim who spoke on Raypower FM early today said he was satisfied with the performance of Flamingoes against Azerbaijan, but charged the team not to lose concentration when they confront the South American country in the last group match.

“It was a biggest win for Flamingoes in the World Cup. The girls need to stay focused and ensure that they go for victory in their next match against Colombia. I am happy for them because they were able to humiliate the hosts on their home ground,” he said.

Etim said the Flamingoes can only go far in the tournament if there is enough support from the team. He said at this moment the girls needed Nigerians’ support and prayers to succeed in their remaining matches, adding that it will be a disappointment if the Flamingoes fail to go beyond the group stage.

“The girls really need our support and prayers and I believe that if they remain focused, they will go far in the tournament,” said Etim who applauded the doggedness and commitment of the team in their previous two matches.

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Meanwhile, Flamingoes head coach, Peter Dedevbo, has called for calm after his side’s whitewash of hosts, Azerbaijan yesterday.

But Dedevbo does not want the routing of the hosts to “get into their  heads” as they prepare to face Colombia in their last group match on Saturday.

“When we arrived Azerbaijan for the tournament, I told my girls not to underrate any team. This can be seen in the way we approached each team and today’s (Tuesday’s) match.

“I thank God and my girls for the victory, but we will not let this get into our heads. We will continue to apply the same approach to every game, “the Nigerian trainer told

—Sunday Akintoye

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