Nigeria U-20 women’s team, Falconets, appear on course to make an unprecedented seventh appearance at the global championships, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
They have a 6-0 advantage ahead of today’s clash with their South African counterparts, in the second leg clash of the final round of the continental qualifiers.
The Falconets remain the only African side to have participated at every edition of the biennial championship since its inception in 2002 (in Canada), and appear poised to stage a return to Canada, incidentally hosts of the 2014 edition later in the year.
With the huge deficit, Basetsana as the South Africans are nicknamed have a tall mountain to climb as far as realizing their dream of an appearance at the global women’s youth football tourney is concerned.
Nigeria also boasts the continent’s best performance in the history of the competition, second-place at the 2010 edition in Germany, but South African goalie Kaylin Swart has refused to give-up on their chances when the two sides face-off today at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg.
“We are looking to come back in the match on Saturday. We have to look past the experience we had in Nigeria and come back in the second leg. We really want to go out there and do the nation and ourselves proud,” Swart told the South African Football Association website.
However, Nigeria coach, Peter Dedevbo is looking to add to the misery of South Africans after the Super Eagles sent hosts Bafana Bafana crushing out of the ongoing Orange African Nations Championships (CHAN).