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Falconets, Flamingoes to battle for World Cup spot

22 October 2013, 10:42

Abuja - The U-20 women's national team, the Falconets, will on October 26 in Abuja play their Sierra Leone counterparts in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals are scheduled to hold next year’s in Canada, from August 5 to August 25.

According to a statement issued by Ademola Olajire, the media officer of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Nigeria will face Sierra Leone, following the withdrawal of Burkina Faso from the qualifiers.

The statement said that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had appointed Ross Leopoldina Dayves from Guinea Bissau as referee for the match, scheduled for the National Stadium, Abuja.

Biague Deolinda Amancio and Mariza Antonio Gomes also from Guinea Bissau had also been appointed as assistant referees one and two, respectively.

"Fadouma Dia from Senegal will be the reserve referee while Helena Williams from Ghana will serve as Match Commissioner,’’ the statement said.

The team’s head coach, Peter Dedevbo, was quoted in the statement as saying that the team was ready to go, after two weeks of intense training.

"Surely, we are ready for the Sierra Leoneans; I have the girls to do the job and I can assure Nigerians that we will make the nation proud,” Dedevbo was quoted as saying.

It will be recalled that the Falconets' best outing at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup include a runner-up position at the 2010 finals in Germany as well as a semi-final place in Japan last year.

The team had also reached quarter final berths in 2004, 2006 and 2008 championships.

Meanwhile, CAF has appointed Kenyan referee Damaris Kimani, to take charge of the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and South Sudan.

A statement from CAF said the encounter, whose first leg would take place in Juba would also have Kenya’s Jane Cherono and Mary Njoroge as assistant referees one and two.

It said that Agneta Napangor also from Kenya would serve as the reserve referee, while Ugandan Aisha Natule would be the match commissioner.

The statement said further that South Sudan would host the first leg on the weekend of November 1 to 3 with the Flamingoes hosting the return leg in Abuja on November 23.



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