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U-20 WWCQ: Falconets Arrive Dar es Salaam For Tanzania Clash

U-20 WWCQ: Falconets Arrive Dar es Salaam For Tanzania Clash

Nigeria’s Falconets have arrived Dar es Salaam for their FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying third round first leg clash against Tanzania.

The Falconets will lock horns with the hosts at the Azam Sports Complex on Sunday.

Eswatini referee Letticia Antonnela Viana will officiate the match and will be assisted by Patricia Mkaliph (assistant referee 1), Siphiwayikosi Nxumalo (assistant referee 2)

Nothando Nkhumane will be the fourth official.

The Falconets arrival was announced on the Super Falcons official X handle.

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“Our @thenff sisters, Falconets are in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. What’s your prediction against Tanzania on Sunday??,” the post reads.

The return leg will be at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria on November 19.

Rachel Nzigire from Democratic Republic of Congo will be referee, with Ngarassoum Victorine as assistant referee 1. Rachel’s compatriots Carine Puazi and Carine Ampur will be assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively, with Christine Ziga from Ghana as match commissioner.

The Falconets have participated at every editions of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

The 2024 edition of the competition
will be hosted by Colombia fro August 31 to September 22.

The first edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was hosted by Canada in 2002.

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  • The Falconets remain the darling of many a Nigeria fan due to how they decimate on the continent and how the manage to punch their weight in on the global stage. Two runners up medals and several second round qualifications in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup attest to this statement.

    Though they erupted like a house on fire in the group stages of the last world cup, their flame was sadly doused in the second round in a match where they fail to show up in 90 minutes.

    Danjuma’s damsels have now shown up in Dar es Salaam to commence another qualifiers campaign.

    This team is sticked together by strands of last year’s Under-17 team, remnants of the last Under-20 team and a smattering of newcomers combed from the domestic scene.

    “I am in Tanzania to do my best for the team.” Said marquee centre forward Opeyemi Ajakaye. “With the instructions being given to us by Coach Danjuma, I believe we can come out victorious”, she concluded.

    We Nigeria fans should be under no illusion; this will be a strern test for the Falconets. Tanzania have been making steady strides in women’s football of late so Nigeria are hoping to draw 3 points from highly formidable opponents.

    However, with the likes of Taiwo Afolabi Ajakaiye, Jumoke Alani and Chisom Chima in their ranks, the Falconets can definitely move mountains.

  • 9jaRealist 7 months ago

    @deo, the Falconets are not “hoping to draw 3 points”. It’s a knock-out competition and therefore the winner on aggregate over the 2 legs advances to the next (the Fourth and final) round of qualification.  GOOD LUCK GIRLS!

    • I hope they draw 3 points out of the encounter in Dar es Salaam… This should provide a cushion for the return leg, sir.

      • Emecco 7 months ago

        Bro, still haven’t corrected yourself Sir, “3 points” is out of context in a knockout qualifiers.

    • Well, not entirely Emecco.

      I know points are not used in knockout qualifiers. But in an offbeat writeup, I chose to “label” a win as 3 points.

      A win away to Tanzania for me will be fabulous and would ease pressure ahead of the second leg.

      If we go on to defeat Tanzania home and away, I could choose to unofficially christen it 6 points on aggregate.

      I think a draw away to Tanzania could still make things tricky for our girls at home. So please I pray the ladies bag a win which also represents unofficial 3 points later today.

      • Emecco 7 months ago

        I like the way the East Africans are progressing lately in Women’s football. I think the CECAFA Nations Tournament helped them a great deal. The likes of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are no more pushovers. That’s great for the game in Africa.

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