Nigeria vs Mexico- 8am, Thursday
As the Falconets confront Mexico in their quarter final clash of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Tokyo today, Coach Edwin Okon has sworn to see his wards through to the next stage of the competition.
On tomorrow’s all important match against Mexico, the Nigerian sweat merchant said he was sure of victory. “I foresee the Falconets winning convincingly, with a wide goal margin. We are very much prepared for the task ahead as we know that the higher we go the tougher it becomes,” the coach said in a chat with Sports Vanguard in Tokyo.
Coach Okon said he was aware of the danger of losing at this level of the tournament as only the best teams were still competing. “That is why we are taking every match serious. Against Mexico, we hope to beat them and progress to the semis,” although he noted that he was not underrating any team.
“We will play the games as they come and the girls are working really hard though they are not yet there. What we need do is to continue to motivate them and give them the necessary confidence.”
He commended their performance against Italy and said they must not rest on their oars.
“It is not yet over until it is over,” he quipped.
The coach observed that his girls had improved from the last squad that went to Germany.