Nigeria’s U-20 women team, the Falconets will begin their campaign at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals against their German counterparts in Saint Malo today.
The occasion is the opening match of Group D of the 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, which began yesterday and holds in France’s Brittany region.
In yesterday’s opening encounter, Mexico edged Brazil 3-2 in an interesting affair in Dinan/Léhon.
Today’s match is against perennial foes Germany, who edged the Falconets in the final matches of the 2010 and 2014 championships, but Head Coach Chris Danjuma said the team will give their best to come out victorious.
“It is a good thing we are meeting Germany in our first match. If you want to be a champion, you have to overcome strong forces on the way. We are starting the tournament knowing that there is no easy route to the top, and that we have to give our best in every minute of the competition,” Danjuma told thenff.com.
The Falconets delegation landed in France on Thursday, and trained on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the team attended a FIFA Ethics Workshop. Their official training session for Monday’s clash with the Germans will hold at the Stade de Marville on Sunday afternoon.
Effervescent forward Gift Monday must play carefully in order to avoid a yellow card that could knock her out of Thursday’s clash with Haiti, having been cautioned in the Nigeria team’s final qualifying match against South Africa in Benin City early in the year.
However, the Falconets are loaded to the hilt with proven performers. Captain Oluwakemi Famuditi and Glory Ogbonna would be expected to keep things tight at the back, while Christy Ucheibe and Peace Efih would be saddled with the responsibility of pushing the ball upfront for the experienced and efficient Rasheedat Ajibade and the starry-eyed but clinical Anam Imo.
Nigeria take on Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, before closing the group D attrition with China at the Stade de Clos Gastel in Dinan/Lehon on Monday next week.
DailyTrust – Orkula Shaagee @shagcy