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NFF Appoints Danjuma Falconets Head Coach

NFF Appoints  Danjuma Falconets Head Coach

Chris Danjuma has returned to his job as Head Coach of the U20 Women National Team, Falconets, following a screening and interview process by the NFF Technical Committee. The committee submitted its recommendation and the same has been approved by the NFF Executive Committee.

The process began with a one-week public notice which requested for applications from suitably qualified persons, after which short-listed candidates were contacted and interviewed by a panel of the Technical Committee.

Danjuma, who has taken temporary charge of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, on a couple of occasions, led the Falconets to the quarter-finals of last year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals in Costa Rica.

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The experienced gaffer will be assisted by former U20 and U17 girls’ assistant coach Mansur Abdullahi, and former Super Falcons’ midfielder Effioanwan Ekpo.

Ekpo, who represented Nigeria for 10 years between 2000 and 2010, featured at the 2003 and 2007 FIFA World Cup finals in USA and China respectively, at the 2004 and 2008 Women Olympic Football Tournaments in Athens and Beijing respectively, and was a Women Africa Cup of Nations gold medallist on three occasions. She also featured at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers.

Yahaya Audu, who has been goalkeeper trainer of the team, also returns to his position.

The Falconets will commence their 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign with a second round, first leg encounter against their counterparts from Mauritius in Saint Pierre on Sunday, 8th October, with the return leg scheduled for the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 14th October 2023. Colombia will stage the 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals.

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  • 9jaRealist 9 months ago

    About 10 days to the Falconets 2024 U20 WC qualifying match AWAY (and so at least 2-3 days for travel and acclimation) the NFF finally got around to appointing a coach for the team. Meanwhile, NO list of invited players, NO camping and NO training, with the female league on break and therefore the players likely NOT to be match fit.

    Anyway, thankfully Chris Danjuma should be familiar with the relevant U20 player pool and therefore can pull a squad together quickly, and anyway it’s “only Mauritius” (hopefully not famous last words), but these preparations is simply DISGRACEFUL even for the usually inept NFF. SMDH

    • Ignatius Abo 9 months ago

      My Guy @9jaRealist, the Falconets have a walkover because Mauritius pulled out.

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