FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets off to Douala for CAR clash
Nigeria’s Super Falconets will on Saturday commence another race to qualify for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica when they square up against counterparts from the Central African Republic in the city of Douala, Cameroon.
CAF, Africa’s football governing body, has not approved any stadia facility in Central African Republic as being good enough to host an international match – this has forced the country’s national teams to adopt other nations as ‘home ground’. The country’s Men ‘A’ team played Cape Verde in Douala on Day 1 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 series, which ended 1-1.
Falconets, Africa’s most successful team at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, have played in every edition of the FIFA tournament since the competition was launched as U19 tournament in Canada in 2022, winning the silver medals in 2010 in Germany and 2014 in Canada, and were semi-finalists in 2012 at Japan.
Christopher Danjuma, Falconets head coach, has picked 23 players from the group that has been training in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for several weeks now and the contingent will fly out of Abuja on Wednesday night.
The girls from Central African Republic reached this stage of the qualifiers after Equatorial Guinea’s U20 girls withdrew from their preliminary fixture scheduled for last month.
Saturday’s encounter is slated for the Stade Japoma de Douala from 3pm Cameroon time.
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