Falconets Win Opening Day Match Against France

Falconets, the U-20 Nigerian female team
Falconets, the youth arm of the Nigerian female football team started their U-20 world cup tournament with a win over France.

The Falconets won the game with one goal to nil to commence their journey in Costa Rica on Friday, August 12.

Falconets’ Flourish Sabastine got the only goal in the game as the Nigerian team started their journey in group D by bagging all three points.

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The Falconets will take on South Korea Republic on Sunday at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto, before facing Canada in the 16-nation tournament.

Coach Christopher Danjuma had picked team captain Oluwatosin Demehin and 20 others to wear Nigeria’s colours at the 19-day championship.

The Falconets had to scale the hurdles presented by Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon and Senegal, winning six of seven matches (they only drew with Cameroon in Douala) to be eligible to fly Africa’s flag once more at the finals in Central America.

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Nigeria will play France, Canada and Korea in Group C of the 16-nation, which begins August 10, while 2018 runners-up Spain tango with hosts Costa Rica, Australia and Brazil in Group A.

Africa’s other representatives Ghana are up against holders Japan, The Netherlands and three-time champions United States in Group D.

Germany, who have also won the competition three times, including 2010 and 2014 when they beat Nigeria in the final, will play Colombia, New Zealand and Mexico in Group B.

All group phase and quarter-final matches will be played at the Alejandro Morera Soto, which is a hybrid of natural and synthetic grass called stitched grass.

The semi-final, final and third place matches will take place at the Estadio Nacional.

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