With the race for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup underway, Tanzania U-20 vs Nigeria U-20 will take centre stage.
The Nigerian side, the Super Falconets, have a rich history in the tournament and are firm favourites to progress to the next round.
The Nigerian side joined the qualification series in the second round like their traditional rivals, the Black Princesses of Ghana.
It has been an easy ride to this position. Nigeria has not kicked a ball yet in the qualifiers, as their second-round opponents, Mauritius, withdrew.
Mauritius reached the second round via a walkover, as their opponents, Chad, withdrew from the qualifiers.
Many expect Tanzania to pose stern competition for the Super Falconets following their 12-0 aggregate win over Djibouti.
Our 🇳🇬 @thenff sisters, Falconets roster📄 for trip to Tanzania in the second round of the African qualifying tournament for the 2024 #U20WWC, with first leg this weekend! 🔥🤍#SoarFalconets| #U20WWCQ pic.twitter.com/lKY1SyxuqM
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) November 7, 2023
Tanzania U-20 vs Nigeria U-20 preview
There are two slots up for grabs in the race for the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Colombia next year.
The tournament will take place between August and September.
Whenever Nigeria strides out in the competition, there are plenty of expectations, and it is what the Tanzania U-20 vs Nigeria U-20 tie should serve.
The Super Falconets have appeared at the U-20 World Cup ten times and will count on their rich history to overcome the Tanzanians.
For a team with two runners-up medals in the biennial competition, the Super Falconets are no pushovers.
However, they have to be wary of an ambitious Tanzanian side.
The Twiga Stars have never been to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup but have appeared in the CAF U-20 qualification five times with their best finish being reaching the semi-finals in 2022.
The Twiga Stars have improved tremendously since their debut in 2014.
So, the Tanzania U-20 vs Nigeria U-20 first-leg game should produce the sort of excitement expected from the two teams.
Super Falcons squad
With Chris Danjuma reappointed as the head coach of the Super Falconets, there should not be too many surprises in the lineup for the Tanzania U20 vs Nigeria U-20 first-leg clash.
The Super Falconets are yet to play any game in the qualifiers, but below is the list of invited players.
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).
Where to watch the Tanzania U-20 vs Nigeria U-20 game
If you are in Nigeria, the Tanzania U-20 vs Nigeria U-20 first-leg match should be aired on NFF TV. It is the live-streaming platform for all of Nigeria's national teams.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago