The Super Falconets will play two friendlies during their training camp in Austria, before heading to France on August 2nd for this year’s FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.
The contingent of 25 players and 11 officials, including Falconets head coach, Chris Danjuma as well as his assistants, Wemimo Mathew, Mansur Abdullahi, Lateef Yusuf and Precious Dede, departed from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday night.
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.
The U20 girls remain Nigeria’s most successful women’s team at the global level, winning silver at the FIFA World Cup twice (Germany 2010 and Canada 2014) and bronze once (Japan 2012), and reaching the quarterfinals in Thailand (2004), Russia (2006) and Chile (2008).
The 25 players in camp include four goalkeepers – Mercy Vincent, Onyinyechukwu Okeke, Rita Akarekor and Chiamaka Nnadozie; as well as seven defenders – Glory Ogbonna, Opeyemi Sunday, Lilian Tule, Mary Ologbosere, Joy Duru, Blessing Ezekiel and Oluwakemi Famuditi.
Also listed are six midfielders – Christy Ucheibe, Bashirat Amoo, Peace Efih, Adebisi Saheed, Mary Saiki and Kikelomo Odueke; as well as eight forwards – Rasheedat Ajibade, Anam Imo, Joy Jerry, Chidinma Okeke, Charity Reuben, Aishat Bello, Gift Monday, Grace Igboamalu.
“The Falconets are scheduled to play two friendly matches during the training camp. These are against FC Bergheim Austria and Wacker Innsbruck FC Austria.