Ahead of their UP World Cup qualifier clash against the Junior Lioness of Cameroon, head coach of the Nigeria female U20 side, Christopher Danjuma, has reiterated that the only focus of the Falconets is to be in Costa Rica.
The Falconets having played a barren draw in Cameroon during the first leg of the qualifiers, will be on the quest to secure a convincing win when they host the Cameroonians in Nigeria.
Danjuma in a chat with CAF Media, noted that the match is of utmost importance and that Nigeria cannot afford to miss out on any edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup having featured at the tournament since inception.
“We are preparing adequately and everyone expected is on the ground and doing great,” Danjuma said.
“We are in an excellent mood with everybody on fire because this is the chance to inch close to grabbing the U20 Women’s World Cup ticket and the mentality is to settle for nothing short of victory.”
“The match is extremely important to us because Nigeria has always been present at every World Cup edition since its inception. This is a trend that we hope must continue.”
“Some of these young ladies were not privileged to play at the cancelled 2020 edition due to coronavirus outbreak but now this is a lifetime opportunity at the stage to achieve their dreams.”
“We know a great deal about the Cameroonian team which helped us in drawing out a plan as to what we should be expecting and how to go about it,” the tactician, who also doubles as Nasarawa Amazons head coach continued.
“One lesson we learned from the first leg match was that a game has to be won during regular time by making sure all the opportunities that come our way is taken and conceding no goal and to always be in front scoring goals throughout the game.
“This is the qualifiers and the target is to be in Costa Rica for the main tournament come August this year. The goal now is that we are consumed by the desire that everything we feel and have about this tie is beating Cameroon and going to the final round,” he told CAF media.
The second leg match is schedule to hold at the newly refurbished Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday, February 5, 2022.