Falconets now to play South Africa’s Basetsana on Sunday

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Abuja  – The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup African final qualifying second leg match between Nigeria’s Falconets and the Basetsana of South Africa will now take place on Sunday near Johannesburg.

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Earlier slated for Saturday, the match has been moved at the instance of hosts South African Football Association (SAFA), but the venue still remains the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tembisa is outside Johannesburg.

According to a statement on the website of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), its Executive Committee member, Ibrahim Gusau, will lead the Nigerian delegation to the match.

It added that the delegation would be made up of 18 players and 10 technical/backroom staff.

Falconets’ Head Coach Peter Dedevbo said on Wednesday that his girls were ready for the big battle, with the fixture delicately poised at 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.

“We wanted to win big in the first leg, but it didn’t happen. Sunday is another day to look for a big win. The fact that we are playing away from home matters little to us.
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“Papua New Guinea is a destination for the Falconets next year. Nigeria has never missed any FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and we will not start now,’’ he said.

In the first leg match, Chinwendu Ihezuo had scored after the half hour to put Nigeria ahead at the Abuja National Stadium.

The Falconets then benefitted from an own goal by a Basetsana defender in the first leg, before a late penalty kick handed Basetsana a crucial away goal.

“We will play in Tembisa with our hearts, with confidence and discipline. We have forgotten entirely about the first leg result, because we know we have to win in South Africa,’’ the Falconets coach had added.

NAN reports that the second leg match will kick off at 3 p.m.(NAN)


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