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Flamingos Coach Balu Nikyu says his team was afraid of Brazil in 1-0 loss

The Flamingos of Nigeria were beaten 1-0 in their first match of the on-going 2016 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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Flamingos play Flamingos of Nigeria (Getty Images)

Coach of the Flamingos of Nigeria, Bala Nikyu believes his team’s fear for Brazil contributed to their 1-0 loss their counterpart.

Brazil’s N0 10, No10, Micaelly intelligently chipped the Nigerian goalkeeper to hand the Flamingos of Nigeria their first loss at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Saturday, October 1. 

Micaelly play Micaelly celebrates after scoring for Brazil against Nigeria (Getty Images)


Reacting to the news, Head coach of the Nigeria U-17 Women's team Nikyu.

I was somewhat disappointed in the girls’ outing against Brazil. My team is much better than the one that went out on Saturday," Nkiyu told the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

"I don't want to apportion blame. What we have to do is correct our mistakes before the next game and forge ahead.

"I think my players were frightened by the name ‘Brazil’ and they did not settle down to play their game. They have always played better than they did against the Brazilians.”

Nigeria face England in their next game on Tuesday, October 4 and the coach is confident that his team cam can bounce back.

"I admit the first match at a championship is always difficult, so I believe we will be much better in subsequent games.”

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