Coach Danjuma picks Ajakaye, Onyenezide, others for WAFU B tourney
Head Coach, Chris Danjuma, has selected midfielders, Taiwo Afolabi and Esther Onyenezide, and forwards Flourish Sebastine and Opeyemi Ajakaye in Nigeria’s 20-woman squad for the forthcoming WAFU B U20 Women Tournament holding in Kumasi, Ghana.
Danjuma, who steered the Nigerian girls to the last eight of last year’s World Cup in Costa Rica, has also picked goalkeeper, Inyene Etim; defenders, Comfort Folorunsho and Jumoke Alani; midfielders, Chioma Olise and Blessing Emmanuel, and forwards Omowunmi Bello and Goodness Osigwe.
Afolabi, Folorunsho, Ajakaye and Emmanuel were in the Nigeria U17 girls’ team that won the bronze medals at last year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals in India.
This year’s tournament, scheduled for May 20 to June 4, pits the Falconets in Group B against the U20 girls of Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and Togo. Hosts Ghana will confront the U20 girls of Benin Republic and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A.
Ghana and Benin Republic will lift the curtain on the tournament at the Baba Yara Stadium May 20 before FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists Nigeria take on Niger Republic and Burkina Faso tango with Togo on May 21.
The Falconets will then play Togo on May 24, also at the Baba Yara Stadium, before trading tackles with Burkina Faso Paa Joe Stadium on May 28.
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