Nigeria’s esteemed U-20 women’s national team, known as the Falconets, has achieved a commendable advancement to the third round of the 2024 U-20 World Cup qualifiers, exhibiting their prowess without even having to step onto the field.
A recent statement issued by the reputable Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through their official X handle revealed that the Falconets’ formidable second-round opponent, Mauritius, has regrettably withdrawn from the competition.
The eagerly anticipated first leg encounter was initially set to transpire between October 6th and 8th in the beautiful nation of Mauritius, while the return leg was scheduled between October 13th and 15th in Nigeria, showcasing the Falconets’ potential to dominate on home soil.
Mauritius secured their place in the second round of the qualifiers through a walkover victory against Chad, only to face the unforeseen circumstances leading to their withdrawal.
In this ongoing journey towards the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia, two exceptional teams will have the honor of representing the continent of Africa, a testament to the immense talent within the region.
The Falconets have not only consistently showcased their skills and determination but have also achieved notable successes in the past. During the 2022 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Costa Rica, they reached the quarterfinals but unfortunately succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands.
However, their exceptional performance has granted them the opportunity to compete in the U-20 World Cup final twice before, in 2010 and 2014, albeit with unfortunate losses to Germany on both occasions.
The Falconets’ continued excellence and resolute spirit are undoubtedly worth applauding, as they strive to make their mark on the global stage once again.