Falconets Stella Mbachu blames World Cup failure on lack of preparation

Falconets crashed out in the group stages of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup despite winning two games.

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Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo (left) play Falconets crashed out of the World Cup despite winning two of their Group games (Getty Images )
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Former Nigeria international Stella Mbachu has blamed Falconets’ World Cup failures on lack of preparation.

Falconets crashed out in the group stages of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup despite winning two games.

Their 6-0 loss to Japan in their opening game meant the Falconets finished third due to their poor goal difference.

Stella Mbachu play Former Nigeria international Stella Mbachu says Falconets were not prepared for the World Cup (Kevin C. Cox - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Speaking on the Falconets outing, Mbachu opined that the players though talented were not prepared for the World Cup.

The team have talented players, but they didn’t have the preparations befitting a competition of that magnitude,” she told Punch in an interview.

Their preparations were not even befitting for an African championship not to talk of the  World Cup. The first loss against Japan affected them – it was too heavy. They didn’t play good friendly matches outside the country.

“The team that finished second in the 2014 tournament in Canada had better preparations for the World Cup than the current team.

Mbachu also hailed Coach Peter Dedevbo for motivating the team to bounce back from that heavy defeat to Japan to beat Canada and Spain.

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