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Nigeria’s U20 women’s team seek World Cup glory in Costa Rica

The Nigeria U20 women’s team, the Falconets, are hoping to finally conquer the world at the 10th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, which is currently taking place in Costa Rica.

The Falconets have finished second, twice, (in 2010 and 2014) and advanced to the semi-finals in 2012.

To reach Costa Rica, the Falconets overcame challenges from the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and Senegal, maintaining their record of qualifying for every edition since the competition began as an U19 Championship in Canada 20 years ago.

Aside from being present in all previous editions, Nigeria has seen many players rise to prominence through this path.

Asisat Oshoala, five-time Africa Player of the Year and now a Ballon D’Or nominee, is one of many Nigerian players who have competed in this cadet tournament for women.

PREMIUM TIMES profiles this ambitious 2022 Falconets team as the Costa Rica 2022 tournament progresses.

Three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders, and six strikers make up the Falconets team in Costa Rica.

Goalkeepers

Monle Oyono

D.O.B: November 30, 2002 (aged 19)

Club: Bayelsa United

She is the team’s first-choice goalkeeper and has performed admirably with clean sheets in the first two games against France and South Korea. Oyono’s agility between the sticks will be critical if the Falconets are to go all the way in Costa Rica.


Nelly Ekeh

D.O.B: 6 January 2003 (aged 19)

Club: Sunshine Queens

The former Ibom Angels…

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