Nigeria’s
U20 Women National Team, the Falconets, have touched down in the
Austrian city of Tirol for a final training camp ahead of the 9th
FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals taking place in France next
month.

Twenty
five players and eleven officials, led by NFF’s Assistant Director
(Technical), Siji Lagunju (a former Nigeria international) and
including Head Coach Chris Danjuma and his assistants Wemimo Mathew,
Mansur Abdullahi, Lateef Yusuf and Precious Dede, departed on Friday
night.

A
final list of 21 players will emerge before the training camp comes
to a close, with the four players that fail to make the final cut
flying back to Nigeria.

Lagunju
confirmed to thenff.com that the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup runners
–up will spend 12 days in final training camp in Tirol, where they
are lodged at the Explorer Hotel.

The
Falconets are scheduled to play two friendly matches during the
training camp. These are against FC Bergheim Austria and Wacker
Innsbruck FC Austria. The delegation will depart Austria for France
on 2nd August ahead of the finals starting on Sunday, 5th August.”

The
U20 girls remain Nigeria’s most successful women’s team at global
level, winning silver at the FIFA World Cup twice (Germany 2010 and
Canada 2014) and bronze once (Japan 2012), and reaching the quarter
finals in Thailand (2004), Russia (2006) and Chile (2008).

Nigeria
will battle Haiti, China and Germany in Group D of the 16 –nation
finals, while Africa’s other flagbearer Ghana must negotiate a
tough Group A against host France, New Zealand and The Netherlands.

Group
B has North Korea, England, Mexico and Brazil while USA, Japan,
Paraguay and Spain fight things out in Group D.

The
Falconets’ opening match is against perennial foes Germany (who
beat Nigeria in the 2010 and 2014 Final matches) at the Stade de
Marville in Saint-Malo on Monday, 6th August, before clashes with
Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, 9th August and against China in
Dinan/Léhon’s Stade de Clos Gastel on Monday, 13th August.

To
qualify for the finals, the Falconets dismissed Tanzania’s U20
girls 9-0 aggregate, brushed aside Morocco 6-2 on aggregate and
whiplashed their South African counterparts 8-0 over two legs in
January this year.

25
PLAYERS FOR FINAL CAMPING

Goalkeepers:
Mercy Vincent, Onyinyechukwu Okeke, Rita Akarekor, Chiamaka Nnadozie

Defenders:
Glory Ogbonna, Opeyemi Sunday, Lilian Tule, Mary Ologbosere, Joy
Duru, Blessing Ezekiel, Oluwakemi Famuditi

Midfielders:
Christy Ucheibe, Bashirat Amoo, Peace Efih, Adebisi Saheed, Mary
Saiki, Kikelomo Odueke

Forwards:
Rasheedat Ajibade, Anam Imo, Joy Jerry, Chidinma Okeke, Charity
Reuben, Aishat Bello, Gift Monday, Grace Igboamalu

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