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Lawson tells Falconets to go past South Africa hurdle

19 October 2015, 08:53

Abuja - Players of the U20 women's national team have been encouraged to get a good first leg result against South Africa in Saturday's 2016 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup final qualifying round clash in Abuja.

Coach Tunde Lawson on Sunday tasked the Falconets to ensure victory but reminded them of the need not to get complacent in their quest for glory.

Nigeria, chasing a 7th appearance at the finals will host the Basetsana in a first leg battle at the Abuja Stadium in a tie between two giants of African football on Saturday.

Also read: Brace heroine Ihezuo happy with Falconets draw

“South Africa is our last hurdle. We need victory and if there is any hurdle, we have to beat them,” the 2012 National Sports Festival winning coach told News24.

“We accounted for their elimination in the 2014 qualifiers, so we should expect resilient performance from them this time around. I'm sure the coaches are aware of that.”

“The Falconets have the arsenal to qualify at the tournament in Papua New Guinea. They have to earn the rights on the field of play. I wish them the best,” the coach added.

The return leg is expected to come up in at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on 7th November as the aggregate winner qualifies for next year's finals in Papua New Guinea.

- News24


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