Nigeria Women’s National Team Coach Disappointed in Goalless Draw With Ireland

Nigeria Women’s National Team Coach is disappointed in a goalless draw with Ireland to advance to the Women’s World Cup knockout stages for the third time in their history after a 0-0 draw with Ireland in their final Group B match on Monday, with the African side finishing second in the group behind hosts Australia.

Nigeria was disappointed to come away from their final Women’s World Cup group game against Ireland with just a point on Monday but would have gladly accepted it prior to kickoff if they knew it meant reaching the last 16, coach Randy Waldrum said. Nigeria started the game top of the standings but the 0-0 draw allowed co-hosts Australia to move up to first place after they thrashed Canada 4-0.

Nigeria will have to wait until Tuesday to discover who their last-16 opponents will be with Group D yet to be decided. They will face the winners of that group, which England currently leads with six points ahead of their final clash with China.

Debutants Ireland was already eliminated after two defeats but went home having earned their first-ever point at the World Cup. In the group’s other game, the Matildas kept their home World Cup campaign going by eliminating the Olympic Gold medallists Canada with a thumping 4-0 win in Melbourne.

It saw Australia top the group with two wins and six points, ahead of unbeaten Nigeria with five points, and Canada and Ireland evicted with four points and one point respectively. “You know, I was actually disappointed in the second half because we could have won the match.” “So it almost feels disappointing that we didn’t get the result, the three points”.

But the American coach said he was proud of what the African side had achieved despite the complaints. “I just told them that two years ago, when we started this journey, so many things went well and so many things didn’t go well. They never gave up, they continued to believe,” Said Coach Waldrum.

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