Falconets land in Japan for World Cup campaign


Nigeria’s national U-20 women’s team, Falconets, on Wednesday arrived in Tokyo, Japan, to begin their World Cup campaign.

The team’s Media Officer, Ejiro Femi-Babafemi, said today that the Falconets led by its Secretary, Mrs Faith Ben-Anuge, were received by top officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Japan and the world football governing body, FIFA.

The statement said the team comprising 21 players and 11 officials were later lodged at the Royal Pines Hotel in Saitama.

It also said that fellow Group B opponents, Italy, Brazil and Korea Republic, were lodged in the same hotel.

The statement said that the Chief Coach, Edwin Okon, had instructed that they resumed training in the afternoon.

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It added that training would be stepped up given the fact that their opening match against Korea Republic was just three days away.

“We cannot afford to take any chances this time that we are in Japan,” it quoted Okon as saying.

The team has been in Korea for two weeks for closed camping.

The 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup begins on Sunday and will end on Sept 8. (NAN)

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