2022 FIFA U-20 WWC

'We are prepared to do Nigeria proud' – Falconets boss boasts ahead of France game

Danjuma talks tough as Falconets settle in Costa Rica for 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Danjuma talks tough as Falconets settle in Costa Rica for 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Nigeria's under-20 women's national football team known as the Falconets have settled in Costa Rica for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

On their way to the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup the Falconets left Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey, then stopped briefly in Bogota, Colombia before their arrival in Costa Rica.

Now in San Jose, the Falconets have started preparation for their first group game against France.

The Falconets had a nearly flawless qualification series but understand the competition will be tough at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Head Coach of the Falconets, Chris Danjuma, has revealed the motivation for his team to succeed in Costa Rica,

According to Danjuma in a statement by the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Falconets want to make their country and continent proud.

He said, “We are finally here, and we are happy to be here at the FIFA World Cup.

"The World Cup is always an interesting experience for the coaches and the players, and I am sure it is the same for other professionals who get to be involved.

“We took a long route to get here, having to play four different teams in the qualifying series. I can tell you that we are prepared to make Nigeria and Africa proud.

"It is not about being here to make up the number; it is about being here to make an impact.”

The Falconets are lodged at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose and made use of the San Rafael Stadium to knock off the jet lag with training sessions.

On Monday the Falconets train at the Alajuela Stadium and on Tuesday at the Stadio Piedades Santa Ana.

The Falconets were runners-up at the 2010 and 2014 edition led by Barcelona Femeni star Asisat Oshoala.

They will aim to go one step further at the 2022 edition in Costa Rica and start their group stage fixtures against France on Thursday, August 11 at 12 midnight, take on the Korea Republic on Sunday, August 14 at 9 pm Nigerian time, and wrap up against Canada on Wednesday, August 17 at 3 pm Nigerian time.

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