Nigeria’s U17WWC campaign Worth more than a Bronze Medal

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Nigeria’s campaign at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup was largely successful, although it also left an air of mixed feelings. over the future of women’s football in the Country.

The Flamingos recorded big wins; causing major upsets with victories over USA, Chile and Germany on their way to picking up the bronze medal in India.

Indeed the team’s performance was historic, at least on a national level.

The bar was set high enough, but could Bankole Olowookere have done even better?

Olowookere’s team blitzed past opponents during the qualifiers for the World Cup and did so without conceding any goal.

Preparation towards the tournament also went smoothly, a training camp in Turkey was arranged to ensure the Coaching crew was given adequate technical support.

However, several aspects of the team’s game play left a lot to be desired at least according to former Super Falcons head Coach, Godwin Izilien.

Izilien criticized the lack of coordination and cohesion in the team,’they just kick the ball because it’s the rule,’ he told FL.

The 2004 WAFCON winning Coach wasn’t impressed and stressed the team played as though it was bereft of any tactical input.

Meanwhile, there were some high points and particularly with the discovery of talents including Forwards Opeyemi Ajakaye – a speedster – Edidiong Etim and midfielder Amina Bello.

Also Goalkeeper Faith Omilana was a stand out performer in the team, who could get and deserve special attention now that the World Cup is over.

That transition as far as Women’s football is concerned has slowed down the last couple of years, but this tournament presents another chance to re-establish a conveyor across the national teams.

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