Football fans on Saturday in Abuja described the Falconets’ loss to Japan in the third place match of the Under-20 Women’s World Cup as unfortunate.
Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews said the team however had lots of lessons to take away from the tournament.
NAN reports that the U-20 Women national team lost 2-1 to the host in the third place match played on Saturday at the Tokyo stadium, Japan.
Media Officer of the U-15 national men’s team, Bunmi Haruna, described the game as a good one with many things to be learnt.
“It was a very good game, although we lost to the host, I think we have lots of positives to take away. Players like Desire Oparanozie, Asisat Oshoola, Blessing Edoho, Ngozi Okobi, Francisca Ordega, Esther Sunday and Josephine Chukwunoye should easily graduate into the Super Falcons team.
”I think it will make falcons team even stronger; we also need to start planning for future. ‘The NFA needs to start a programme to discover true young talents from the schools like they are doing with the male U-15 national team,” he said.
Olajide Yusuf, a student, said their performance was impressive but it was late before the players discovered they had something at stake.
”It was a good performance from the girls but at a time they lost concentration. Only God knows what happened but its like it was because they lost their place in the final.
”It was towards the end of the game that they realised that they will be coming back home without any medal, but that is not to say they didn’t represent us well, they did a good job,” he said.
Yusuf added that the offside picked on Ebere Orji was uncalled for as it would have levelled the game and give the girls more hope.
Latifat Ahmed also a student, said it was a fair match and gave kudos to some of the players.
”Desire Oparanozie and Esther Sunday tried throughout the game, they were active all through. For Ordega, she had a bad day today. Its like the way she made her hair affected her, because it weighed her down and she lost the ball at the slightest touch.
”Some of the players made so many inaccurate passes but their game changed towards the end, they were just unfortunate. About 20 minutes to the end of the game, they played like a team which they ought to have done before that time,” she said.