Nigeria’s Under-20 women team, the Falconets face a tough test in their intention to qualify for FIFA Women World Cup in Papua New Guinea as they square up against their South African opponets this afternoon at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
The South Africans were offered a boost in the first leg decided in Abuja, where the Falconnets laboured to a 2-1 win. Today the Nigerian girls have to play for a win or a draw to qualify, a lesser result will see them missing the tournament for the first time, while for the South Africans it will be the first time ever for them to make an appearance. Nigeria has played in the tournament since 2002 and in 2010 in Germany, the Falconnets lost 1-0 to the hosts. The Germans also returned to haunt the Falconnets with the same margin in the 2014 final in Canada.
Falconnets coach, Peter Dedebvo stated that his wards are prepared for the match and they are sure of picking up the ticket.
“if South Africa can come here and score one against us, we can go to South Africa and score two against them,” he said.
Basetsana forward, Thembi Kgatlana said the match was very important and they cannot afford to slip up against the visiting Nigerian girls.
“We are on the verge of making history. We have a chance of helping this team qualify for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time ever. This could help see some changes in women’s football, and a lot of people could perhaps start investing in the sport. Maybe players could get contracts overseas as well. We have set ourselves a goal – this is what we want as a team, and I believe we will get that result.”