The Nigeria Football Federation has reappointed Christopher Danjuma as the head coach of the Falconets, with former Super Falcons midfielder Effionwan Ekpo one of his assistants.
Danjuma has returned to the position following a screening and interview process by the NFF technical committee, and the approval of the executive committee.
The NFF explained that the process for Danjuma’s appointment 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 also worked with the Super Falcons, led the Falconets to the quarter-finals of last year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
He will be assisted by Ekpo and former Falconets and Flamingos assistant coach Mansur Abdullahi.
Ekpo represented Nigeria for 10 years between 2000 and 2010, and featured at the 2003 and 2007 FIFA World Cup finals in USA and China respectively.
She also played for the Super Falcons at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Women’s Football Tournaments in Athens and Beijing respectively, and was a Women’s Africa Cup of Nations gold medallist on three occasions. She also featured at the 2007 African Games in Algiers.
Yahaya Audu, who has been goalkeeper trainer of the team, also returns to his position.
The Falconets will begin their 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign with a second round, first leg encounter against Mauritius in Saint Pierre on Sunday, October 8, with the return leg scheduled for the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja six days later.
Colombia will host the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.