Falconets head to Canada for U-20 Women’s World Cup

The Nigerian U-20 women beat a hard fighting Mexican team to qualify for the semi-final of the world cup.
The Nigerian U-20 women team

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals will hold in Canada from August 4 to 25.

The national under-20 women team on Monday in Abuja left for a 24-day final camping programme in Canada ahead of this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals.

The team was made up of a delegation of 24 players and 11 officials, led by a Chief Technical Officer with the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Siji Lagunju.

The team, known as the Falconets, flew aboard a Lufthansa Airline flight from Abuja to Frankfurt, from where they would connect another flight to Moncton in Canada.

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals will hold in Canada from August 4 to 25.

Speaking shortly before their departure, the team’s Head Coach, Peter Dedevbo, said his players were focused on a mission of doing the country and the continent proud.

“We have a squad of able, courageous and confident players and I believe we have the capacity to go all the way in Canada,” Mr. Dedevbo said.

Mr. Dedevbo led the Nigerian under-17 women teams to the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 and Azerbaijan in 2012.

Nigeria has featured in all previous FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals since the event was launched in Canada in 2002.
The Falconets had its best record at the competition in 2010 when it reached the final but lost to host, Germany.
They also made it to the semi-finals in 2012 at Japan.

In Canada, Nigeria is in Group C and will face Mexico on August 6, Korea Republic on August 9 in Moncton, and England in Toronto on August 13.


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