Peter Dedevbo, the coach of Nigeria’s U-17 women’s team, has apologised to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and all football fans in the country, for his team’s failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
“We are really deeply saddened that we could not go past the quarter final stage of the competition,” Dedevbo told Goal.com. “We are sorry because we enjoyed tremendous support from the Nigerian Football Federation and soccer-loving Nigerians before and during this competition.
“We did not plan to come back now because we thought we were going to make it to at least the finals. This is the saddest thing and we apologise for disappointing Nigerians who have had so much faith in us.
“We didn’t take our chances and I cannot explain why. These are the same girls who had been scoring goals but when it matters most, they couldn’t find the back of the net. We really regret it and are still living with the shock” he added.
The team have since been decamped, after arriving Lagos on Friday night.