To former Falconets head coach, Edwin Okon, there is nothing surprising in the Nigerian female Under-20 team 6-0 bashing in the hands of the Japan ladies on Sunday.
The Falconets were helpless as they open their World Cup campaign on a disgraceful note when the Japanese pounced on them mercilessly.
A hat-trick by Mami Ueno, a brace by Yuka Momiki and own goal by a Nigerian, Mary Ologbosere were enough to hand the Asian giants the three points at stake in a largely one-sided clash at the Bava Park, Port Moresby.
Okon, however, said the side could still find themselves back into qualification by winning their second match against North Americans side, Canada.
As the former U-20 coach told Super Sports, “I expected the defeat because of the level of preparations by Falconets heading into the World Cup.
“However, I never expected the heavy goal margin though Japan is unarguably the best in the category together with Korea.
“Japan plays fast pace football and I do not see anyone in the Falconets defence line that could have stopped them on full prowl.
“Maybe the side can recover in the second match against Canada to chance qualification in the group as it will spell doom to lose the next clash.
“Falconets are supposed to beat the Canadians with more determination and zeal more than what they displayed against Japan.
“All hopes are not lost they can possibly overcome the initial setback to win the next two matches against Canada and Spain.”
The Nigerian girls will head back to the trenches on Wednesday, November 16 on same pitch, in Bava Port, Port Moresby to trade tackles with fellow losers, Canada while Japan will square up against Spain to struggle for the top.