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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Quotes: Nigeria-England

Head coach Nikyu Bala of Nigeria looks on
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*Nigeria coach Nikyu Bala *It was a match played in the right spirit. I know how much the players gave out there. We performed well, but in football dominating the game and winning individual accolades don’t count. What matters is to score and to win. I think we did well in attack. We played a defensive game against Brazil and we lost because we made a few mistakes that we’ve sorted out now. We were more adventurous today but there are still a few things we need to iron out before we take on Korea DPR. The players don’t have any experience of these competitions but they’re going to fight hard to try and win it. We can still go through and I think we deserve it. 

England coachJohn Griffiths *It was a tough match. We’re not used to playing in this heat. Following the results in the opening games, Nigeria just had to get a win. They pressed hard and we had to try and stop them getting into danger areas. We could have been better organised and attacked with a bit more pace, but, like I said, it all came down to the physical side of things today. I’m pleased with the result, but I know the next game against Brazil will be different. We’ve got two days to step up our preparations and try to cut out the kind of errors we’ve made in the first two games.