Tunisians to handle Zim match


The Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup second round, first leg match between Zimbabwe’s Young Mighty Warriors and Nigeria’s Falconets set for the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta in two weeks’ time, will be handled by Tunisian officials.

Abdeljaoued Lilia, who has been on the international scene for three years now, will be at the centre and will be assisted by compatriots Alouini Rahma and Ayari Hanene.

Algerian Ayouni Safia will be the fourth official while Manguelle Therese Pauline from Cameroon will be match commissioner.

The two teams have already declared their ambitions to compete in the World Cup that will be hosted by Japan in September this year.

Young Mighty Warriors coach Langton Giwa, whose team is camping in Hwange to acclimatise to the hot and humid conditions similar to the West African country, had vowed to make history by becoming the first Zimbabwean national football team to qualify for world premier competition.

Going into the match, there is no doubt the Zimbabwean team would be motivated by nothing less than revenge.

The two teams met on the qualifiers of the same competition and Nigeria won the duel by a 10-0 aggregate.

However, the Mighty Warriors, bankrolled by Marange Resources seemed to have a renewed dynamism to succeed and have vowed to turn the tables this time around.

On the other hand, the Falconets were battling to contain media allegations of age cheating in their camp.

Already, three players have been axed from the squad following media revelations in Nigeria, with seven more players also facing the chop for similar reasons.