Nigeria’s Super Falconets will face Canada in their last Group C game of the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela Thursday morning 3am Nigerian time reports Prime Business Africa.
The team coached by Christopher Danjuma have won their frost two games of the tournament with 1-0 wins each against France and South Korea.
The victories ensures that the team have qualified for the quarterfinals but are desirous of finishing with a perfect group record of three wins and nine points on the table.
The team were unheralded and most of the players were unknown to Nigerian football faithful. After two excellent performances though, the names are gradually becoming households.
Striker Flourish Sabastine was the star of the show against France while Esther Onyenezide was deservedly the ‘Woman of the Match’ against Korea with a belter of a strike.
The captain of the side, Blessing Demehin has also proven to be formidable at the back while goalkeeper Oyono Omini and Mercy Idoko in midfield have shown maturity and assuredness that belie their ages.
Nigeria have played against Canada twice at this tournament previously with the Falconets triumphing on both occasions.
Nigeria defeated Canada 3-2 when they met in Russia 2006 and the Falconets also won 3-1 when they faced each other again 10 years later.
Canada have been the whipping team of this tournament having lost 2-0 to South Korea and 3-1 to European U-20 champions France.
There had been delays occasioned in their matches against France and Korea due to rain and windy situations but Nigerians living in Costa Rica are expected to be in the stsdmss once again to cheer their girls on.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
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