Rasheedat Ajibade
After
a slight shift in date, Nigeria’s Falconets
have
now arrived
in Benin for the
weekend’s
World Cup Qualifier against Tanzania.

In
spite of the shift in arrival by the Nigeria Football Federation
(they were supposed to arrive on Monday), the chairman of the Edo
State Football Association, Frank Ilaboya says they are ready to
host.

Ilaboya
insists all necessary logistics have been put in place to not only
play good hosts to the team but ensure that they win and win
handsomely as Nigeria remains the standard bearer in African Women’s
football.

Everything
needed to keep the team in good stead ahead of Saturday’s World Cup
Qualifier has been put in place as the governor and his deputy are
directly in charge because we are talking of a national team.

On
our part as the FA, we will do our best to assist our parent body the
NFF,” Ilaboya declared.

Chairperson
of the Nigeria Professional Women’s League, Aisha Falode also
assured that she will be on ground on time to ensure the U20 national
team get all required support to do well.

As
a daughter of the soil, I know what it takes to help the girls
navigate their way through these qualifiers because as we have come
to realize there are no longer small teams in football globally and
I’m ready to do my best,” Falode said.

Chris
Danjuma led the players and other officials from Abuja on Tuesday
morning, as the two –time World Cup silver medalists stormed the
ancient city to perfect preparations for Saturday’s encounter
against the East Africans at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Danjuma
has been working with the ladies for the past three weeks in Abuja,
and on Tuesday told thenff.com that he expects his girls to go all
out for a handsome win.

Rasheedat
Ajibade, Cynthia Aku, Kemi Famuditi, Joy Duru and Gloria Ogbonna are
among the players Danjuma has been working with in camp.
Nigeria
finished as runners –up at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in 2010
and 2014, and also reached the quarter finals in 2004, 2006 and 2008,
and the semi finals in 2012.

The
9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will be staged in four cities in
France, 7th – 26th August 2018.

The
Tanzanian U20 Women delegation is expected to fly into Abuja on
Thursday and proceed to Benin City the same day. The second leg will
take place in Dar es Salaam on 30th September, with the winner on
aggregate to tackle the winner of the Morocco/Senegal in the second
round coming up in November.

The
Confederation of African Football has appointed Vincentia Enyonam
Amedome from Togo as referee for Saturday’s match. She will be
assisted by compatriots Kossiwa Kpadenou (Assistant 1), Abra Sitsope
Agbedanou (Assistant 2) and Aissata Ameyo Amegee (Fourth Official).
The match commissioner is Rochell Woodson from Liberia.

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