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Falconets coach confident ahead of World Cup qualifier against CAR

FALCONETS head coach Christopher Danjuma is upbeat about his side’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Nigerian girls will begin their quest in Douala on Saturday with a first round, first leg encounter against Central African Republic in Doula, Cameroon.

A contingent including 23 players of the Falconets flew into the Cameroonian city in the early hours of Thursday, and trained on Thursday ahead of Friday’s official training at the Stade Japoma de Douala – the match venue.

The Falconets have appeared at every edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup since it started as FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2002, making it to Thailand 2004, Russia 2006, Chile 2008, Germany 2010, Japan 2012, Canada 2014, Papua New Guinea 2016 and France 2018.

The 2020 edition, planned by FIFA to be co-hosted by Costa Rica and Panama, was scuttled by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Costa Rica will now be sole hosts of the 10th edition in August 2022.

“We are here to earn a good result that will make the second leg a bit easier for us. We will go all out for victory against our opponents who are also playing on away ground,” Danjuma told NFF media.

Central African Republic are playing their home matches in Cameroon as no venue in their country is deemed fit for international matches.

The first round, first leg clash will kick off at 3pm Cameroon time, with the return leg in Nigeria on Friday, 8 October.

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