Super Falconets’ final roster: 19 players selected from the 30 contenders

Super Falconets’ final roster: 19 players selected from the 30 contenders
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As anticipation mounts for the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying showdown between Nigeria and Tanzania, Super Falconets‘ head coach, Christopher Danjuma, has unveiled his carefully selected squad of 19 players.

The stage is set for a thrilling two-legged encounter, with the first leg taking place in Dar es Salaam this Sunday and the return fixture scheduled for Abuja a week later.

Super Falconets coach's squad is strategically composed, with three goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders, and five forwards.

The roster features several key players, including Faith Omilana, Taiwo Afolabi, Comfort Folorunsho, and Opeyemi Ajakaye, all of whom have played pivotal roles in Nigeria's recent youth-level victories.

In preparation for this crucial qualifying clash, the Super Falconets have undergone rigorous training in Abuja for over two weeks.

The squad is primed and ready to showcase their skills at the Azam Sports Complex in Dar es Salaam.

The outcome of this crucial two-legged faceoff will determine which team advances to the third round on the road to the 2024 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia.

Nigeria's qualification for the third round was secured when Mauritius withdrew from the qualifiers, providing the Falconets with the opportunity to continue their campaign towards World Cup glory.

Proficient officiating team appointed

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has taken meticulous care in selecting an experienced team of officials to oversee both legs of this exciting tie.

In the first leg, Letticia Antonella Viana from e-Swatini will officiate as the center referee, supported by Patricia Mkhaliph, Siphiwayikhosi Nxumalo, and Nothando Nkhumane as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2, and fourth official, respectively.

Margaret Omondi from Kenya will serve as the match commissioner for this leg.

For the second leg, Rachel Nzigire from the Democratic Republic of Congo will take the helm as the center referee.

Assisting her will be Ngarassoum Victorine, Carine Puazi, and Carine Ampur as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2, and fourth official.

Christine Ziga from Ghana has been entrusted with the role of match commissioner for the second leg.

As the Super Falconets and Tanzania's young talents prepare to clash, football enthusiasts eagerly await the exciting performances and displays of sportsmanship that will define this enthralling qualifying campaign.

Nigeria U-20: Super Falconets' call-up list

Goalkeepers:

Anderline Mgbechi (Delta Queens); Shukura Bakare (Nasarawa Amazons); Faith Omilana (Naija Ratels)

Defenders:

Oluchi Ohaegbulem (Nasarawa Amazons); Comfort Folorunsho (Edo Queens); Rihanat Kasali (Bayelsa Queens); Jumoke Alani (Edo Queens); Shukurat Oladipo (FC Robo Queens); Semilore Oladeji (Naija Ratels)

Midfielders:

Adoo Yina (Nasarawa Amazons); Taiwo Afolabi (Delta Queens); Shola Shobowale (Nasarawa Amazons); Aminat Folorunsho (Rivers Angels); Chioma Olise (Edo Queens)

Forwards:

Opeyemi Ajakaye (FC Robo Queens); Judith Okah (Remo Queens); Chiamaka Okwuchukwu (Rivers Angels); Chisom Chima (Bayelsa Queens); Janet Akekoromowei (Asisat Academy)

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.