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Falconets depart for South Korea

02 August 2012, 07:23

 Abuja - The U-20 Women National Team, the Falconets, departed on Wednesday for South Korea in final preparation for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Chief Media Officer (CMO) of the NFA, Ademola Olajire, said that the preparation would see them train for two weeks before their the finals.

"The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has made all necessary arrangements for the team’s two-week stay at the Namhe Sports Park.

"A number of friendly matches have been slated and Coach Edwin Okon will drill all 25 players properly," he said.  

Olajire said that the two-week camping would enable the coach present his final list of 21 players for the tournament.

He said that the contingent would proceed to Seoul on Thursday morning.  

Okon said that his mission was to put the girls in 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, we just have to prepare ourselves adequately to be able to go one step further," Okon said.

The Falconets would play Korea Republic in their opening match on Aug. 19, at the Saitama World Cup Stadium before taking on Brazil at the same venue on Aug.  22.

The team's final group game against Italy is scheduled to take place on Aug. 26 at the Kobe World Cup Stadium.

The Falconets had finished second behind host Germany at the group stage, at the last edition, two years ago, while Korea Republic picked up bronze after beating Colombia in the third place match.

NAN recalls that the Falconets swept past Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo in the African qualifiers without conceding a goal.

Meanwhile, Coach of the under-17 Women National Team (the Flamingoes), Peter Dedevbo, has called up 35 players as the team begins final preparation for this year's FIFA U-17 World Cup.

After the camp in Abuja, Dedevbo and his girls would proceed to Europe for a two-week final camping before heading to Azerbaijan for the World Cup which is scheduled for September 22 to October 13.

The Flamingoes drawn to play hosts Azerbaijan, Canada and Colombia in Group A, dismissed their counterparts from Kenya and Zambia to qualify for their third consecutive appearance.

It would be recalled that Nigeria had flown Africa’s flag at both previous editions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup finals in New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago.

While the team faltered at the group stage in New Zealand, it reached the quarter finals in Trinidad and Tobago, before losing to eventual champions Korea Republic, in extra time.

Ghana and Gambia are the other countries representing Africa at the competition in Azerbaijan.



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