Flamingoes Apologise For W/Cup Exit

Flamingoes have apologised to Nigerians for their failure to progress beyond the quarter-final stage of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica early Friday.
A brace from Patri Guijarro and one from Nahikari Garcia were all the Europeans needed to book a place in the semi final of the competition at the expense of Bala Nikyu’s side as the Nigerians once again missed out on making it beyond the quarter finals.
Speaking after the game, Flamingoes’ assistant captain Uchenna Kanu appealed to Nigerias to bear with the team and not to murder them as it was never their plan to lose the encounter.
Uchenna while admitting disappointment with her side’s loss to Spain and quarter final exit, lamented the quality of officiating, but foresee Nigeria winning the next edition of the tournament.
“I’m not happy that we lost, I’m not happy that we are out of the competition, I believe football is a game of luck, it can favour anybody, any day, but we thank God none of us suffer any injury. The way it happened today, I don’t know what happened with the referee and
everything seems against us. I know it’s not a thing of joy to lose and not only losing, getting out of the tournament, it’s very appalling.
“It normal for them to be angry and disappointed when people think you will get to somewhere. It is just sad but I don’t think they should kill us because we lost the match or because we are out of the tournament. I believe that one day the trophy will come to Africa, Nigeria to be precise. They should bear with us”, she pleaded.
However, striker and captain of the Nigerian side, Chiwendu Ihezuo also registered huge disappointment with the Flamingoes exit from the age grade competition.
“I feel very bad about the outcome of the match. I don’t know what happened to us today. I know they are very disappointed in us. We just appeal to them that we are very sorry. This is not the end of the World. We will still try our possible best next time”, the Pelican FC forward said amidst tears.
However, Flamingoes’ head coach Bala Nikyu, praised the standard of the competition, although he expressed displeasure over his team’s performance and the outcome of the quarter final game against Spain.
“Although we’re disappointed that our adventure has ended too early, we’ve really enjoyed taking part in this marvelous FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which has been well organised. It goes without saying that I’m not happy with the way the match panned out but there’s nothing we can do about it now except that we must try to put it behind us”, a visibly upset Nikyu said.
The Nigerian side departed Liberia, venue of the quarter final on Friday morning (Friday evening in Nigeria) and headed for Madrid, where the team would connect another flight to Lagos. The team will leave Lagos for their final destination in Abuja tomorrow morning.


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