Danjuma takes 23 Falconets to Douala for CAR clash
National U-20 women coach, Christopher Danjuma, yesterday left for Douala, Cameroon, with 23 players for the Falconets’ Costa Rica 2022 FIFA U20 qualifier against the Central African Republic (CAR) scheduled to hold this weekend.
The Falconets are billed to meet CAR in Cameroon because Africa’s football ruling body, CAF, says no stadium in the central African country is good enough to host an international match.
The country’s Men ‘A’ team played Cape Verde in Douala on Day 1 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 series, which ended 1-1.
That country’s Men ‘A’ team will take on the Super Eagles in a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Day 3 clash also in Douala.
Coach Danjuma chose the 23 players from the group that has been training in Abuja for several weeks now.
Among the players selected for the trip are Ayomide Bakare, Monle Oyono, Inyene Etim, Oluwatosin Demehin, Omowunmi Oshobukola, Rofiat Imuran, Jumoke Alani, Angela Michael, Oluwabunmi Oladeji, Oluchi Ohaegbulem and Chidinma Ogbuchi.
Others are Rashidat Amoo, Deborah Abiodun, Philomena Yina, Anuoluwapo Salisu, Esther Onyenezide, Mercy Kalu, Joy Jerry, Chioma Sebastine, Taiwo Lawal, Mercy Idoko, Blessing Okpe, and Precious Vincent.
Nigeria has played in every edition of the tourney since it was launched as a U19 tournament in Canada in 2022, winning the silver medals in 2010 in Germany and in 2014 in Canada, and were semi-finalists in 2012 in Japan.
CAR got to this stage of the qualifiers following Equatorial Guinea’s withdrawal from their preliminary fixture scheduled for last month.
Saturday’s encounter is slated for the Stade Japoma de Douala from 3.00 p.m. Cameroon time.