Nigeria under-17 national team, the Flaminoges, yesterday, began their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with a 0-1 loss to their Brazilian foes.
Just when it semed like the Nigerian girls were holding out, Nigeria’s goalie, Chiamaka Nnadozie, cleared a shot, only for it to fall to Brazil’s Micaelly, who made no mistake to put her side ahead.
The Brazilians defended their advantage, until the final whistle went.
But the handler of the Nigerians lasses, Coach Bala Nikyu, absolved Nnadozie of any blame, chosing rather to blame his charges for “stage fright” against their foes.
“They heard the name Brazil and, I think, my players were frightened and didn’t settle to play the way we know they can. Against another team, I’m sure they would have relaxed more and played better. But the first match in any competition is always difficult.
“We have played and lost and I see no point in being too hard on my goalkeeper and defence. My focus will be on getting ready and making preparations for our next match [against England],” said Nikyu at the post-match conference.
On Tuesday, the Flamingoes would square-up against England and, on October 8, face North Korea in their final Group C game.