...By Larry John for TDPel Media.
The Under-20 national team of Nigeria is gearing up to participate in the WAFU B Under-20 Women’s Championship, which is scheduled to take place in Kumasi, Ghana.
This tournament will witness the participation of seven West African countries from May 20 to June 2023.
Group Stage Matches:
The participating teams have been divided into two groups.
In Group A, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana will compete against each other.
On the other hand, Group B comprises Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Togo.
Nigeria’s Arrival and Opening Match:
The Falconets, Nigeria’s Under-20 female team, arrived in Kumasi on Thursday and wasted no time in commencing their preparations.
They had their first training session at the Baba Yara Stadium on Friday.
The team is set to kick off their campaign by facing Niger Republic in their opening Group B match at the Baba Yara Stadium at 3 PM local time.
Team Composition and Previous Achievements:
Head coach Chris Danjuma has assembled a formidable squad consisting of some of Nigeria’s best players who played a crucial role in the team’s journey to the final eight in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Costa Rica in August 2022.
Additionally, he has included some players from the Under-17 girls’ team, who clinched the bronze medal at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India last year.
Group B Matches and Schedule:
Following the Nigeria Vs Niger game, the second match in Group B will take place between Burkina Faso and Togo at 6 PM local time.
On May 24, the Falconets will face Togo at 6 PM, while Niger Republic will play against Burkina Faso at 3 PM.
Final Group Stage Matches:
On May 28, Nigeria’s final group stage match will be against Burkina Faso at the Paa Joe Stadium, scheduled to kick off at 4 PM.
Concurrently, Togo and Niger Republic will compete at the Baba Yara Stadium at the same time.
As Nigeria’s Under-20 national team prepares to participate in the WAFU B Under-20 Women’s Championship, the Falconets are eager to make their mark in the tournament.
With a strong squad comprising talented players, including those with international experience, they will face stiff competition from other West African teams as they strive to achieve success in Ghana.