UNICEF Country Director in Papua New Guinea, Mr. Olushola Ismail, has urged Nigeria’s Falconets to be resilient and display confidence when they face Spain at the PNG National Stadium on Sunday.
The Falconets are presently third on the Group B table with three points, with their faith hanging in the balance as they fight for survival to remain in the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals.
Ismail, who visited the team in company with some executives of the Nigerian Community on Friday evening, contended that with positive attitude and determination, the team can come out with resounding victory to march on in the tournament.
He apologised for his inability to be on ground to welcome the girls to Papua New Guinea and promised that the Nigerian Community in Port Moresby will continue to provide adequate support base for the team to shine.
“I urge you all to demonstrate the Nigerian innate spirit to rise above challenges. Keep calm and have faith in your abilities. I am quite aware of the difficult situation of things, but I believe that with positive attitude and determination, you can fly high with pride.
“The people of Papua New Guinea truly love you. I am proud of what you girls did against Canada and I know you can do it again.”
The Nigeria U20 girls square up with the Spaniards on Sunday, starting from 7am Nigeria time. They require an outright win, and will hope that Japan do not earn a win over Canada in the other concluding match of Group B.