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Tunisia refs for Falconets, Zimbabwe clash


ABEOKUTA — Tunisian Referee Lilia Abdeljaoued will be at the centre when the Nigeria’s Under-20 women’s team, Falconets, take on their counterparts from Zimbabwe in Abeokuta tomorrow.

She will be assisted by compatriots Rahma Alouini (first assistant referee), Hanene Ayari (second assistant referee) and Safia Ayouni (fourth official). The match commissioner is Thérese Pauline Manguelle from Cameroon.

The winner of the fixture between Nigeria and Zimbabwe will play the winner of the fixture between Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo for a place in the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Japan later this year.

Meanwhile, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has charged the U-20 women national team, Falconets, to go all-out for glory and take no prisoners when they take on their Zimbabwean counterparts in a Fifa U-20 World Cup qualifier in Abeokuta on Saturday.

The NFF boss made this known in Abuja on Wednesday, just as he assured the World Cup-bound U-17 women’s team, Flamingoes, they will get all the support from the federation to prepare adequately for the tournament in Azerbaijan.

“The NFF is very happy with the qualification of the U-17 women national team for this year’s Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup finals. That is the beginning of good things to come for Nigeria football this year and in the coming years.

“Now, it is our prerogative to ensure that the team is fully and adequately prepared for the tournament in Azerbaijan. At the last tournament in Trinidad and Tobago, our girls got to the quarter -finals and only lost to eventual champions Korea Republic after extra time. This year, we must go farther and perhaps win the trophy,” said Maigari.

Last Saturday, the Flamingoes routed their counterparts from Zambia 5-0 for a 7-1 aggregate win, to qualify as one of Africa’s three representatives at the World Cup in Azerbaijan.

The NFF president also called on the U-20 women’s team, the Falconets, who host Zimbabwe’s U-20 side in a Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 qualifier in Abeokuta on Saturday to go all out for a comfortable win.
— Kick Off /ThisDay

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