France 2018: Falconets Set For World Cup Action
The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, is expected in Saint Malo on Monday, as the Falconets are set for their opening game of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France.
Having finished as runners-up on two occasions, the Nigerian girls are hoping to conquer the world this time in France.
It is just as well that their first match of this year’s tournament is against perennial foes Germany, who edged the Falconets in the final matches of the 2010 and 2014 championships.
“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,” Head Coach Chris 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 held 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.
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