Falconets battle-ready for Tunisia

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Nigeria’s U-20 girls  know the ropes and are surely the overwhelming favourites for Saturday’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match against Tunisia.

DOWN AND....Ngozi Okobi (R) of Nigeria and Morgan Brian (#6) of USA battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, Semi Final match between Nigeria and USA at National Stadium on yesterday in Tokyo, Japan. USA beat Nigeria 2-0.

DOWN AND….Ngozi Okobi (R) of Nigeria and Morgan Brian (#6) of USA battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, Semi Final match between Nigeria and USA at National Stadium on yesterday in Tokyo, Japan. USA beat Nigeria 2-0.

The match comes up at the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 14th December, starting at 4pm.

The North African girls raised not a few eyebrows when pounding their Moroccan counterparts 8-1 on aggregate (4-0 in Morocco and 4-1 in Tunis), but that still paled beside the 16-0 aggregate mauling that the Falconets handed out to their opponents from Sierra Leone.

The Falconets, silver medallists at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany in 2010, also reached the semi finals in Japan last year and are considered sure bets for the seventh edition taking place in Canada in August 2014.

The Tunisian delegation flew into Abuja on Wednesday aboard an Egypt Air plane and will depart Abuja on Sunday.

Referee Ziga Shriseine from Ghana will take charge of proceedings, to be assisted by Zulu Mercy from Zambia (1st Assistant), Ezodobe Ayawa Mana from Togo (2nd Assistant) and Aloreu Delight from Ghana (4th Official). The match commissioner is Pherese Manguele from Cameroon.

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