Players and officials of the U-20 Women National Team, nicknamed Falconets, on Wednesday departed for Kinshasha, Congo DR ahead of this weekend’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match between both nations.
Saturday’s clash is the second leg , final round of the African series final qualifying fixture that will determine who picks one of the two World Cup tickets reserved for Africa. Nigeria won the first leg 4-0.
Head Coach Edwin Okon led out 18 players and 10 officials aboard an Ethiopian Airline to Addis Ababa, from where the team will connect another flight to the Congo capital from Abuja.
Coach Okon said : “My girls are fully prepared for the match in Congo DR. Our victory in Abeokuta gives us an edge over our opponents but that is already history as we know that our match in Kinshasha is going to be a different ball game,” he said.
“We are not going there to under-rate the Congolese, because we know how good they are, but we certainly do not fear them. It is a battle and we are determined to win”.
Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Honourable Ayo Omidiran is the leaders of delegation that also includes Director, Technical at the federation, Dr. Emmanuel kpeme and NFF technical committee member, Mr. Paul Bassey.