Christopher Alor unsure of Falconets' U20 Women's World Cup chances

September 8, 2016, 1:49 pm

Former Nigeria U20 women assistant coach, Christopher Alor is unsure of the Falconets' chances of succeeding at the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Alor's fears come on the heels of the U20 women side's failure to commence final preparation two months to the women's football event that hold from November 13 to December 3, 2016.

Peter Dedebvo's ladies had finished as runners up at the Canada 2014 edition but laboured to overcome DR Congo and South Africa to qualify for this year's event.

He lamented the neglect of the women national teams despite the successes they have brought the country and urged the Nigeria Football Federation to urgently do the needful.

"I am very bothered about the chances of our team in Papua New Guinea, especially with the Falconets yet to resume final preparations at this point in time," Alor said. 

"Our male national teams have crashed out of every events, and it is expected that the NFF look the direction of the women and save the country's football from full collapse.

"Sadly, the NFF have failed to make good of the bad situation as the various women teams aside the Flamingoes are yet to resume camp.

"I believe the priority should be that of the Flaconets as they are future Super Falcons and needed to eclipse their performance at the Canada 2014 edition where they finished second.

"This time, we don't have the Oshoalas and the like. And seeing the way to struggled to qualify for this year's edition, it is worrisome if we have enough quality and time to build another winning team.

"Personally, I think it will be very dicey for us (Nigeria). If we could not get good result the qualifiers, how possible can we achieve that in Papua New Guinea though nothing is over yet, no matter how difficult it will be. We have to take the team's preparation very serious.

"We cannot afford to fail at the World Cup due to the NFF's poor planning and bias for women football. Our pedigree and potential in the women's fold will be assessed again at the international level," he stressed.

"I will be very happy if our Falconets could go a step further to win the U20 World Cup this year. But it important that we are fully prepared if we want success," he concluded.

The Falconets are drawn against Japan, Canada and Spain in Group B of the preliminary stages and will begin their campaign against Japan on November 13 at the Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby.

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