The Minister for Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung says he’s optimistic that the Falconets of Nigeria will clinch a quarter final ticket in the ongoing FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

The Falconets will face China in their last group D match on Monday; needing a draw to advance to the next round.

The Minister had promised the team $10,000 if they win their game against China.

The players also received their first winning match bonus of $2,000 each for beating Haiti as promised by the Minister as well as daily camp allowances paid till Monday 13th August 2018.

“I believe that the Falconets have been well motivated for Monday’s game against China and I’ve been assured by the players that they will play out their hearts to get a quarter final ticket.

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“The U-20 Women’s team have been in the final in 2010 and 2014 and I know that you all will work hard to repeat that success in 2018. Like I earlier promised, all your entitlements will be offset soon but you will get a personal token of $10,000 from me if you beat China on Monday.

“As a country we have identified our areas of strength and comparative advantage of which women’s football is one of them and we will need to invest more in it. On behalf of the His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and the good people of Nigeria, I wish you a successful outing against China on Monday,” Dalung said.

Nigeria are currently 2nd in Group D with 3 points behind leaders Germany who have 6. China are 3rd with 3 points and Haiti have no points.

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