FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets battle China for q’final ticket

National U-20 Women’s team, the Falconets, will today head for a showdown with China at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France with a quarterfinal ticket at stake. Nigeria revived their campaign with a hardfought 1-0 win over debutantes Haiti on Thursday having lost their opening match to Germany by the same scoreline four days earlier while China, considered as one of the pre-tour nament favourites, began with a 2-1 win over Haiti but succumbed to Germany 2-0 in their second match. Both teams are on three points but it’s the Falconets, coached by Chris Danjuma, that are on advantage as they are currently placed second due to their better goals difference which stood at zero as against the Asians who are on -1. Nigeria have reached the final of the biennial tournament twice in 2010 and 2014 and are keen to live up to their tradition of reaching the final every four years.

Meanwhile, Sports Min-ister, Solomon Dalung, has dangled the sum of $10,000 to the Falconets ahead of the crucial clash with China. Dalung, while expressing optimism that the Falconets of Nigeria will clinch a quarter final ticket at the expense of the Chinese, says the gesture is to motivate the girls to go all out for a win despite needing just a draw.

“I believe that the Falconets have been well motivated for Monday’s game against China and I’ve been assured by the players that they will play out thier hearts to get a quarter final ticket. “The U-20 Women’s team has been in the final in 2010 and 2014 and I know that you all will work hard to repeat that success in 2018.

Like I earlier promised, all your entitlements will be offset soon but you will get a personal token of $10,000 from me if you beat China on Monday. The players also received their first winning match bonus of $2,000 each for beating Haiti as promised by the Minister as well as daily camp allowances paid till Monday 13th August, 2018.

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