Tanzanite Queens showed too much respect to Nigeria


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Tanzania U20 Women’s National Team (Tanzanite Queens) head coach Bakari Shime believes they gave Nigeria too much respect in the first leg of the third round of the 2024 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

In the game played at Chamazi Stadium on Sunday afternoon, hosts  Tanzanite Queens came from behind to force a draw against the most successful African nation in the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament.

Nigeria took the lead three minutes before the hour mark thanks to a goal from substitute Chioma Olise following a scoreless first half.

Thirteen minutes later, Tanzanite Queens responded when Asnath Ubamba scored from a free kick, leaving Nigerian goalkeeper Anderlin Mgebchi helpless. Despite several attempts from Tanzania, the West African side held on to claim an away draw.

Coach Shime says the first leg experience will come in handy in relieving the fear among her charges of playing against Nigeria for the first time. The two teams will square it off in the second leg in Nigeria on Sunday.

“We are at home, we expected to play well and win. Unfortunately we did not get good results in terms of winning. But we have drawn, 1-1 draw. The tie is still open.”

“The youngsters played well by following instructions. We played believing that we were playing against a strong team with a lot of experience on how to attack and defend. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of failing to deal with a loose ball in our area and our opponents used that opportunity.”

“At the end of the day, we tried to change the game plan. We pushed them into their area and got a free kick and scored. It is 1-1, we believe the tie is still open. We believe we have seen who and how they are and we have a chance to make changes in the next match.”

“We didn’t know much about  them but we gave them a lot of respect to make sure that they don’t punish us with a worse result while we are at home. We have seen their style of play, they don’t give us chances, they press hard. At the end of the day we believe we are going to play in their home field and with the result clear, even with  a 1-0 goal score we can eliminate them from the competition.”

“We believe that in the few days left the girls who were afraid of playing against Nigeria will no longer have that fear. Without fear, we believe we will be free to play our football and get good results.”

The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup final competition will take place in Colombia next year, with 24 finalists instead of the 16 that competed in Costa Rica.

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