Nigeria’s players react to their qualification for the quarter-finals at the end of the Women’s World Cup U20 Group D football match China vs Nigeria on August 13, 2018, at the Clos Gastel stadium in Dinan, north-western France. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
National U-20 women team coach, Chris Danjuma is confident that his side will reach the final of this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France, reports footballlive.ng.
Danjuma gave the assertion in the wake of his side’s heroic draw with China on Monday, which was enough to take them into the knock out stage, much to the coach’s delight and all Nigerians.
He has now gone on to reveal that his target is to qualify to a third final after their feats of 2010 and 2014.
Danjuma is still relishing the Falconets’ dramatic qualification from the group stage at the expense of China, against who his girls drew level with five minutes into stoppage time to get the draw they needed to reach the quarterfinal.
They will now square up with Group C winners Spain tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals.
Danjuma, who praised his players for not giving up against China, said the records favour his team to hit the championship game after Nigeria did so in 2010 and 2014.
He said: “Our ambition is to enjoy reaching another final.
We want to be in the final, and the records are in our favour to do so after we did so in 2010 and 2014. And this is now 2018.
“It was a hard fought game thanks to the great character and mentality of my players.
You could also say we were lucky, but everything has an element of favour.
“You can work hard, but you also need some luck. The best wishes of Nigerians also helped us and we are grateful to God.”