Falconets coach Peter Dedevbo has admitted that his side is not fully prepared for the World Cup which kicks off in Papua New Guinea this Sunday.
Dedevbo lamented their rustiness due to limited training games and poor preparation. The team of 21 players arrived for the international showpiece this week.
“I got a lot of revelations after the friendly match against the Super Falcons.”
“It revealed to me that I have a lot of work to do in every department. At this point, I will say we have gotten 40 percent out of 100 marks. It was our first friendly against a female team.”
“But the truth is that we are not fully prepared for the tournament. I’m not feeling too well because I think my team is not fully prepared for the World Cup.”
The coach lamented the late preparation plan for the tournament. He said this is not enough to put the team in good shape ahead of the tournament.
“In 2014, we prepared very well, and I was satisfied with our preparation. We didn’t enter the camp in good time and we only got six games which are not enough to prepare a team for the World Cup.”
“We only had six weeks in camp and it is difficult hoping on luck when we did not do the right planning for the tournament.”
“It is my dream to surpass my best this time in Papua New Guinea. But our preparation is not giving me enough confidence knowing the caliber of opponents we are facing at the World Cup.”
“We are hoping for the best and I trust God will do the rest. I appeal to Nigerians to pray for the team to succeed.”
Dedevbo led the team to finish as runners-up during the last edition. The Falconets start off their campaign at the Bava Park in Port Moresby against Japan on Sunday.