Abuja - The U-20 Women National Team the Falconets on Wednesday departed for South Korea on a two-week final training tour, ahead of the 2012 edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournament.
This development was contained in a statement signed by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Chief Media Officer Mr Ademola Olajire in Abuja.
According to the statement, Head Coach Edwin Okon, said his mission is to get the reigning vice champions of the world in super competition-mood before the end of the two-week camping period.
“We have conquered Africa and now, it is time to prepare for the world.
`` We have a massive task on our hands because the 2010 class got to the final of the World Cup. We just have to prepare ourselves adequately to be able to go one better. ”
The statement said the NFA had perfected arrangements for the team’s two-week stay at the Namhe Sports Park, where four players would be dropped to trim the final list to 21 players.
``The Falconets play Korea Republic in their opening match on Aug. 19, in what is expected to be a showdown of huge proportions at the Saitama World Cup Stadium.
“Nigeria will then play Brazil (also in Saitama) on Aug. 22, before clashing with Italy at the Kobe World Cup Stadium on Aug. 26.”
The 25 players to participate in the training are: Ibubeleye Whyte, Blessing Edoho, Gloria Ofoegbu, Ugo Njoku, Cecilia Nku, Jennifer Osawaru, Esther Sunday, Ebere Orji, Desire Oparanozie, and Ngozi Okobi.
Others are: Stella Henry, Ugochi Okafor, Asisat Oshoala, Josephine Chukwunonye, Damilola Akano, Francisca Ordega, Charity Adule, Osarenoma Igbinovia, Chioma Nwankwo, Prudent Ugoh, Fasilat Adeyemo, Winifred Eyebhoria, Chidinma Okoro, Abosede Olukayode and Grace Aluko.