By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,
Nigeria’s Under 20 female team, Falconets, will on Saturday, January 13, take on their South African counterparts in the first leg of the final round of African qualifying series for the 2018 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup finals in France.
To reach this stage, the Falconets overwhelmed their oppositions from Tanzania 9-0 on aggregate, before sending their Moroccan counterparts packing with a 6-2 scoreline after two legs.
The South African girls shot past Namibia and Burundi to secure a doubleheader with rivals, Nigeria, with the opening leg at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday, 3pm South African time (2pm Nigeria time).
Falconets’ coach, Chris Danjuma, told thenff.com that his team, which departed Nigeria on January 3, are prepared to take the game to the South Africans in Polokwane.
“We have been working very hard at training for some weeks now, and we are very focused on earning the World Cup ticket. Of course, we understand that the South Africans would be tougher opposition than our previous opponents.
“We are ready for them. Our eyes are on the ticket to France.”
Nigeria reached the final of the tournament in 2014 in Canada but lost 1-0 to a resilient German side after regulation time.