Falconets won't underrate Korea DPR - Peter Dedevbo
Nigeria U20 Women's team coach has said his team will
in no way look down on their Asian counterparts when they meet in the
first semi-final game in Moncton on Wednesday evening
Head coach of the Falconets, Peter Dedevbo has told Goal, that his ladies will not play as if they have arrived nor underrate their semi-final opponents Korea DPR on Wednesday.
On their road to the semi-final, Nigeria finished as Group C winners
with seven points after a 1-1 draw with Mexico and identical 2-1
victories over Korea Republic and England, before a 4-1 bashing of New
Zealand in the quarter-final.
Dedevbo said his team is brimming with confidence and prepared for
whatever the North Koreans will bring to the party at the Moncton
"The mood and spirit is high - these players want to play and want to
win. Everybody is in high spirits - both players and officials,"
Dedevbo told Goal.
"We are not underrating any team and we are seeing the game as any
challenge - we just want to go there and play just like we have been
"We are not underrating any team we are not feeling as if we have
arrived. We are playing as if it's the first match in the competition.
We are playing as if we have not gotten to the semi-finals.
However, the Delta Queens chief trainer said that the top performance
and fitness of his defenders were reasons why Nasarawa Amazons' captain
and defender Mariam Ibrahim is yet to be featured.
"[Mariam Ibrahim] is okay. There is nothing wrong with Mariam - she
is doing very well - it's when they are not doing well that we will give
others the chance to play.
"Mariam is not the only player - we still have three other players
yet to play. If they play depends on injury to any of the players. We
don't have any injury worries and are not praying for any injuries," he
The match will be played at 9pm on Wednesday night.