U20WWC: Giwa’s spirit motivates Falconets – James Peter

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Former national team coach, James Peter has faulted the tactics used by the Falconets coach, Christopher Danjuma in the ongoing U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

Peter also attributed the equalising goal scored against China as a ‘God-given’ goal and not tactically planned.

“The goal against China was a God given goal not, it was not a tactically planned goal. They didn’t plan to score that goal. It was through the grace of God and the carelessness of the Chinese who thought the game was over, he opined.”

In a chat with the SportsBay, he also urged the technical crew to be more tactical if they want to go far in the championship while reiterating that football is all about results.

“Football is all about results and if the Falconets are getting results, whatever you say doesn’t matter. Results take precedence over what you say. When we come to the nitty gritty of the game, we need to be more tactical. If we must go further and far, we have to be more tactical. If we play without tactics and hope we will score, then we will be out.”

“Against Spain, we should be more tactical. We don’t know what we are doing as a team. What are we doing upfront when we lose the ball? Are we doing pressing or mid pressing. The whole team should be behind the ball and defend which is called pressing from behind. We are not playing tactically but if God gives us victory, he said.

Peter also faulted the shabby treatment of the girls prior to the start of the tournament, laying the blame solely at the feet of the administrators in the NFF with reference to Amaju Pinnick whose period saw the girls lacking motivation at all levels.

“The treatment of the girls is the fault of the management of the team in the Glass House. When the girls and the coaches began camping, they had no allowances until Chris Giwa came and restored the allowances.

He noted that financial reward is an intrinsic motivation which will motivate the girls to win and get the money. He also stated that the spirit of Giwa gave those girls lots of fighting spirit, knowing well they would be rewarded financially if they win.


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