Falconets Ready For France 2018 –Danjuma

Lagos – Basking in the euphoria of good results recorded by his wards in most of the friendly matches they have played over two months now, national Under-20 Women’s football team coach, Christopher Danjuma has boasted that the Falconets are ready to take on the world in France next month.

Danjuma who spoke in Abuja after the Super Falconets defeated a highly rated Waco Academy Boys of Abuja 2-0 in an explosive friendly match said he was very impressed with the overall performance of the players.

“The players have been improving by the day. I am impressed by the efforts they put in today (Sunday) to overcome the boys bigger than them. This type of opposition will improve their game when they meet their fellow girls”, said Danjuma.

The experienced Women’s football coach also revealed that the series of friendly matches the Falconets have so far played have allowed the coaching crew to select a squad capable of doing well in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France next month.

Danjuma who is Nasarawa Amazons Football Club Technical Adviser hinted that barring any injuries to any of the players in camp the World Cup-bound team is already known by the technical crew.

The Super Falconets were drawn against Germany, China and Haiti in Group D of the France 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in August.

In Group A are the Black Queens of Ghana, hosts France, New Zealand and Holland.

Group B has Korea DPR, England, Mexico and Brazil, while USA, Japan, Paraguay and Spain will battle it out in Group C.

The Falconets will have revenge on their minds when they face three-time   (2004, 2010, 2014) champions, Germany at Stade de Marville in Saint-Malo on August 6, their first match.

Germany won their second title when they hosted the tournament in 2010  at the expense of Nigeria.

Alexandra Popp’s eight minute strike and Osinachi  Ohale’s stoppage time own-goal led  Germany  to the title at Bielefelder Alm in  Bielefeld on August 1, 2010.

The Europeans returned to beat the Falconets 1-0 after extra time to lift the trophy at the 2014 finals hosted by Canada.

Super Falcons superstar, Asisat Oshoala won the tournament’s Golden Boot with seven goals.

Nigeria’s last group opponent China was runners-up at the Thailand 2004 and Russia 2006 World Cups.

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Author: Ayo Bada