Flamingoes head coach Bala Nkiyu has said the Falconets’ semifinal opponents, North Korea, are beatable at the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The 2010 Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup finalists will confront the Asian giants on Wednesday at the Moncton Stadium for a place in the final of the biennial football showpiece.
Nkiyu, however, warned against any form of complacency as the North Koreans are sure to prove a hard nut to crack compared to past opponents in the championship.
“Both North Korea and South Korea play the same pattern, but the North Koreans are more deadly and matured at the age grade category.
“The Super Falcons engaged the side in 2010 in international friendly in Korea losing 1-2 in the encounter.
“Usually they like to rush their opponents to try and get an early lead but if you hold on they appear to quickly lose patience and get frustrated, that’s when you can throw the killer punch.
“Thus the Falconets must avoid trailing the side in the first 45 minutes. If they can’t score an early goal they must not concede a goal to them so that they can always come back in the second half to do the damage.
“The Falconets must stay awake 100% for the duration of the game as a minute’s loss of concentration could be devastating.
“Individually, everybody must have somebody to mark at all times. They should not to give them room to operate while falling back to defend.
“Though the Koreans are a difficult side in any competition, they’re beatable once we’re able to mark them perfectly well.
“The Falconets have shown lot of improvement in the championship, they only have to remain focus till the end. They’ve the character and quality to be in the final,” said the former Super Falcons assistant coach to supersport.com.
The winner of the Nigeria-North Korea tie will face the winner of the clash between Germany and France in the final billed for the 66 308-seat Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Sunday.