Nigeria Football Federation President, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has charged the Falconets to do their best to maintain Nigeria’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup perfect qualification record.
In the second qualifying round, Nigeria willl face Tanzania on Sunday before hosting the return leg in Abuja days later.
The NFF President addresessed the players at the FIFA Goal Project inside the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, during their last training session before their trip to Dar es Salaam,
Gusau challenged the ladies to be of the very best conduct on and off the pitch as they are ambassadors of Nigeria.
Gusau said “Your first port of call is Tanzania, but your destination is Colombia, where the World Cup will take place next year. You must have it in mind that this is only the beginning of the journey.
” I have no doubt that you will conquer Tanzania and go ahead to qualify for the World Cup finals.
“Our country has never failed to qualify for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since the competition started more than 20 years ago, and I am sure you girls will not want to be the first set to be associated with failure. Therefore, you must put in extra effort, listen to your coaches and play to instructions.”
Gusau told the players that the character they display off the field of play at all times is as important as the talent and skill that they showcase on it.
“As ambassadors of our great nation, you have a responsibility to be of the very best conduct on and off the field. You must fly the flag brilliantly and conscientiously, and emerge victorious. After the Tanzanian hurdle, there are still more hurdles for you to overcome before earning the ticket to Colombia. So, it is a long journey with a lot of hard work and determination, but it is worth it to put your career on track and head towards greatness in your chosen field.”
The Falconets’ contingent will depart Nigeria on Friday aboard an Ethiopian Airways flight to Addis Ababa and onwards to Dar es Salaam, where they clash with the Tanzanian U-20 girls on Sunday.
The return leg holds at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Sunday, 19th November 2023