Nigerian Falconets express optimism to win women’s youth championship


Nigeria U20 women’s head coach Christopher Danjuma has backed his side to claim the coveted gold medal at the 2019 African Games in Morocco.

The Falconets, who played four friendly matches and won three in their build-up to the women’s youth championship which holds from August 17-29, landed in Casablanca on Thursday.

To excel, the West African nation, who are aiming to reclaim the continental crown, will have to negotiate past South Africa, Cameroon and Zambia in Group A.

And the coach, who led the team to a quarterfinal place at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in France last year, assured they will not disappoint in the North African nation.

They failed to win a medal at the African Games in Brazzaville four years ago when they finished fourth under Danjuma’s watch.

The coach, who is making a back-to-back African Games outing, insists he is under no pressure, setting his sights on making a podium success.

The two-time U20 Women’s World Cup finalists will be eager to begin their campaign for glory against South Africa on Saturday in Rabat.