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Falconets land in Abeokuta


ABEOKUTA — The Nigeria Under-20 women national team otherwise known as the Falconets, on Tuesday afternoon arrived in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital for the first leg, second round of the 2012 Fifa Women’s World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe this Saturday.

The 35-member delegation led by chief coach Edwin Okon touched down at the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, from Abuja at 10am and were received by the protocol staff of the Nigeria Football Federation, who drove them straight to the rock city.

On arriving in Abeokuta the team headed straight to the MKO Abiola Stadium, venue of Saturday’s match and were welcomed by the State Football Association chairman Alhaji Ganiyu Majekudumni along with other officials.

“All I am thinking of is victory and this we would achieve come Saturday,” said Okon.

The Falconets coach, who was full of praise for the NFF leadership for the support, equally hailed the Ogun State government for the love and care it has shown the women’s game.

“Our big thanks must go to the state government for all the support it has shown the various women national teams that have played here. It is a great moral booster and for us we would definitely reciprocate by winning against our opponents convincingly,” said Okon.

Speaking on its preparation for the game, the FA Chairman said all hands were on deck to ensure a good outing for the girls. The team is currently camped at Richton Hotel.
—This Day

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