Falconets arrive France, set for U-20 World Cup

Mazino Dickson

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Nigeria’s female youth national team, the Falconets have arrived in France ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which gets underway this weekend.

Prior to their arrival, the young girls had been in close camp in Austria, where they played some friendly matches as part of preparations.

The Falconets have finished runners-up twice in 2010 and 2014.

Many expect them to maintain that tradition of reaching the final every four years – and perhaps go one better.

But they have their work cut out as they are grouped alongside powerhouses Germany and China, with minnows Haiti completing Group D.

Nigeria will play their opening against the Germans at Stade Marville in Saint-Malo.

Ironically, the Germans have beaten them in the finals of 2010 and 2014.

A win over the Germans will bost their quest to hhit the round of 16, and from there anything can happen.

The Falconets will definitely bank on the finishing prowess of super striker and team captain Ajibade Rasheedat, who was the leading goal scorer during the qualifiers.

She is now a regular with the senior female national team – the Super Falcons.

With Ghana being the second African representative, perhaps the continent might have something to smile about, after a very poor outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia two months ago.

Time will tell.