Nigeria’s U-20 Women’s National Team will this weekend begin their qualification campaign for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) board, Aisha Falode, believes the Edo State government will do a good job as hosts of the Falconets’ first leg, first round match against Tanzania.
The match which had been fixed for Abuja, will now take place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Saturday. It will serve as a precursor to the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four Championship which will take centre stage at the same venue in October.
As was announced last week, the NWPL Super Four earlier scheduled for 11-16 September had to be shifted to 9-14 October mainly due to the Falconets’ international engagement.
The Falconets on Tuesday arrived in Benin City ahead of Saturday’s 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match against Tanzania.
“The Edo State Government are showing that they really want to be a big support for the women’s game in Nigeria and we have to support them in any way we can,” Falode told LadiesMarch.
“I mean, hosting the qualifier will be huge. It will be a test run to the Super Four. Once they host the qualifier and it is successful in terms of the turnout of fans and in terms of the engagement of the Benin people during that period, we will know that indeed, the Super Four is going to be a huge success in Benin,” the CAF Media Committee member added.
The Tanzanian U-20 Women delegation is expected in Abuja on Thursday. They will proceed to Benin City on the same day.
The Confederation of African Football has appointed Vincentia Enyonam Amedome from Togo as referee for Saturday’s match. She will be assisted by compatriots Kossiwa Kpadenou (Assistant 1), Abra Sitsope Agbedanou (Assistant 2) and Aissata Ameyo Amegee (Fourth Official). The match commissioner is Rochell Woodson from Liberia.
The second leg of the game between Nigeria and Tanzania will take place in Dar es Salaam on 30th September and the winner of the two-legged encounter will progress to face Morocco or Senegal in the second round billed for November.
Meanwhile Burundi and Sierra Leone are already through to the second round following the withdrawal of their first round opponents; Rwanda and Tunisia.
Other first round fixtures for this weekend
South Africa vs Namibia
Morocco vs Senegal
Guinea vs Cameroon
Algeria vs Ghana
Ethiopia vs Kenya