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U-20 WWC: Danjuma Confident Falconets Will Soar Above France

U-20 WWC:  Danjuma Confident Falconets Will Soar Above France

Falconets head coach Chris Danjuma is banking on the special ‘Nigerian Spirit’ to help his side prevail against France in their Group C clash against at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Danjuma’s girls will take on Bleuettes at the Estadio Nacional, San Jose on Thursday night (Friday morning in Nigeria).

The Falconets will be up against one of the tournament’s favourites, but the gaffer is adamant his team can come out with a win.

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“Playing seven matches in the African qualifying series toughened the team very well, and we have also worked on their psyche. Nigeria has never been also-ran at this level.

“Having reached the final twice and made the semi finals once, the Falconets have pedigree in this championship. We cannot afford to falter. We will take it one match at a time, beginning with the game against France.

“It will not be easy but we have what is known as the special ‘Nigeria spirit’ and we will go in there with confidence and belief in what we can do. We will play to our strengths – firm at the back and clinical at the fore.”

The Falconets will also face Korea Republic and Canada in the same group.

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  • The matches played thus far in this tournament have been to a very high technical and entertainment standards.
    I have no doubt the match between the Falconets and Bluettes will follow suit.

    It is interesting that coach Danjuma is banking on that ‘Nigerian Spirit’ as part of the ingredients to help overcome the powerful French ladies.

    The Nigerian Spirit – to me – can be defined as the ability of a Nigerian national team to overcome a strong opponent despite inadequate planning and shoddy preparation by the NFF.

    Without exposure to oppositions from other continents, the Falconets will have to play it by ear and learn on the fly against France.

    It is definitely not impossible but France knew what they were doing by playing Ghana (a fellow West African country) in a friendly game just before thier encounter against Nigeria : it gave them a flavour of what to expect.

    That said, France should expect to find the Falconets as a different proposition.

    I am eagerly excited to see players what players like Mercy Idoko, Flourish Sabastine, Esther Onyenezide, Joy Jerry, Oluwatosin Demehin and Rafiat Imuran bring to the World Cup party (after rampant campaigns on the continent).

    Perhaps Nigeria will have to defend more in this first match, meaning one will have to wait for subsequent matches to see the Flamingos cruise at the right altitude.

    “We will play to our strengths against France – firm at the back and clinical in front,” said coach Danjuma.

    What he perhaps left out is how they will approach ‘the middle’.

    The midfield is where games can be lost or won. With the French expected to be supremely technical, creative and intelligent with the ball, it will be interesting to see how Danjuma combats them in that zone of combat.

    Will he just bypass gritty feet-to-feet midfield battles and elect for long ball aerial assaults or will he attempt to go toe-to-toe with the French there? Will he ask his girls to sit back, soak pressure and hit the French on the break or will he go for an open game (which will spell suicide if Nigeria fails to match France’s flair, technicality and vibrancy).

    One thing is for sure: it is going to be a clash of styles – Nigerian Spirit against French finesse.

    And I can’t wait!

  • Ako Amadi 2 years ago

    Danjuma has started the typical Nigerian boasting before a competition. When things go wrong he’ll start singing the song of unpaid allownces and bonuses. Why not shut up and prepare well?

    • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

      When things go wrong he’ll start singing the song of unpaid allownces and bonuses.


  • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

    When things go wrong he’ll start singing the song of unpaid allownces and bonuses.


  • Kunle 2 years ago

    Likewise when Eguavon was employed and started analysing and narating the history of Nigeria football I was happy but at the end no results.
    Why can’t you say we prepare well for them, that is all.
    I pray that God grant our girls and their coach wisdom to be able to triumph

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