Failure to Qualify in 2018, A Challenge To Flamingos – U17 Coach
By Niyi Busari
The Nigeria U-17 Women National team stand-in-coach, Olowookere Bankole has said that the team’s failure to pick the FIFA U17 World Cup ticket in 2018 will spur them to be more determined to go and pick the ticket this time, BSNSports.com.ng can report.
During an interview after their 6-0 win in a friendly match in Abuja, Bakole is confident that Nigeria will not miss out at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup coming up later this year in India.
Speaking with www.bsnsports.com.ng the stand-in-coach stressed that his team is still work in progress but optimistic that they will be ready for the Guinean U17 Women National team in the first leg of the Second round of the FIFA U17 World Cup qualifier slated for Agege Stadium, Lagos.
In his words, “The Flamingos failure to qualify for the World Cup in 2018 is a challenge to us and that makes us to look at what the coach did wrong to make correction and learn from what he did right. All Nigerians want to see the team qualify for the world cup and that is exactly what we want to achieve by putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians. Olowookere told BSN Sports.
“Actually it is just work in progress, today we scored six goals because we try to work on the team’s potential. You can see that from the fort friendly match we played, we have really improved in term of goal scoring, though even the goal that really matter but he we are doing right in front of goal.
“The friendly match help us to know what we need to work on to be more effective in front goal because the opposition we will be facing are national team and we expect a tougher team than this.” He concluded.
Nigeria’s national U17 Women’s team will face Guinea on March 1st at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos in the first leg of the second round of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier.