Nigeria U20 women coach Peter Dedevbo admits his side is not fully prepared for the U20 Women’s World Cup which commences on November 13 in Papua New Guinea.
Dedevbo who left the country with 21 players for the international showpiece on Sunday, lamented their rustiness due to limited training games and poor preparation.
I got a lot of revelations after the friendly match against the Super Falcons,” Dedevbo told Goal.
“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.
“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 who led the team to finish as runners-up the last term will hope to get his side in good shape to secure a winning start at the Bava Park in Port Moresby on November 13.