21 Players and 11 officials are in Japan for the U-20 female world cup
The national women U-20 football team, Falconets, on Wednesday arrived in Tokyo, Japan, to begin their World Cup campaign.
The team’s media officer, Ejiro Femi-Babafemi, said in a statement, on Wednesday in Abeokuta, that the Falconets, led by their secretary, Faith Ben-Anuge, were received by top officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Japan and the world football governing body, FIFA.
The statement said the team, comprising 21 players and 11 officials, were later lodged at the Royal Pines Hotel in Saitama.
It also said that the team’s Group B opponents -Italy, Brazil and Korea Republic- were lodged in the same hotel.
Mr. Femi-Babafemi said that the team’s training, which resumed Wednesday afternoon, would be stepped up given the fact that their opening match against Korea Republic is just three days away.
“We cannot afford to take any chances this time that we are in Japan,” Edwin Okon, the falconets coach was quoted as saying.
The team has been in Korea for two weeks for closed camping.
The 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup begins on Sunday and will end on September 8.