All is now set for the quarter-final contest between the high-flying Falconets of Nigeria and the Netherlands U-20 Women’s team as the ongoing FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica enters a crucial bend.
The anticipated explosive encounter will be decided at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto (the same venue where the Falconets recorded wins over the Korea Republic and Canada) from 11.30 p.m. Nigerian time on Sunday.
Experience vs Finesse
Going by their antecedents in previous editions of the U20 Women’s World Cup, the Falconets will be the overwhelming favourites.
In the 20–year history of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, Nigeria have played in the final twice, losing on both occasions to Germany, in Germany 12 years ago and in Canada eight years ago.
In-between, the Falconets reached the semi-finals in Japan 10 years ago.
The same cannot be said for the Oranje as the Dutch Ladies are called as they have minimal experience in this tournament; reaching the quarter-finals on their debut in 2018.
What the Dutch ladies lack in terms of experience, they do have in terms of class and finesse all over their side which the Falconets coach Chris Danjuma Musa rightly admits.
The Falconets coach, however, remains confident his girls will get the job done in Sunday’s quarter-final.
He said: “The Dutch are a super-strong squad to have survived that group…