Edo State rallies behind Falconets ahead of crucial World Cup Qualifier

By Faith Oluchi

Nigeria’s Women Under-20 team, the Falconets, arrived the ancient city of Benin on Sunday, in preparation for the crucial return leg of the World Cup qualifier against their counterparts from Morocco.

The team led by the head coach Christopher Danjuma, arrived Benin from Abuja by road at about 5pm on Sunday with 25 players, and were received on behalf of the Edo State Government by the Deputy Governor of the state, Hon Philip Shuaibu.

Speaking while receiving the team, Hon Shuaibu welcomed the girls and promised the team maximum support.

“I want to assure you of the full support of Edo State Government and we would rally round the team to ensure victory against Morocco.”

The Deputy Governor promised the team a large turnout which underlines their support for the team.

“The entire people of Edo State will come out in large numbers and we are working to mobilize people from Delta and Bayelsa to support the team to victory on Saturday,” he added.

The team secretary Mary Obokudu who spoke on behalf of the Falconets contigent, praised the Edo State Government for a warm reception and dished out promises in return.

“This (reception) is much better than what we experienced the last time (we were here) and we promise to reciprocate this by winning on Saturday.”

The Falconets played a 1-1 draw with Morocco in Sale last weekend, and will be playing the return leg on Saturday, 18 November by 4pm at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

This is the second time in one month that Benin is playing a major role in the country’s women’s football scene, having hosted the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) Super Four tournament where Nasarawa Amazons emerged the 2017 women’s league Champion.

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