*Our eyes are set for France
National U-20 female coach, Christopher Danjuma, said that the South Africa’s Basetsana will not have any hiding place when the Super Falconets host them in the second leg of the FIFA U-20 Women world cup qualifiers in Benin-City, the Edo state capital.
The coach is so confident that his lasses would clinch the world cup ticket in the first half of the return leg on 27th February 2018 as they will be on rampage from the blast of the whistle and will not give the South African girls any chance to frustrate their efforts of qualifying.
In an interview with journalists, he said: “In Benin-City, definitely before the end of the first half we must make sure we are already in France. We are not unaware of what South Africa’s Basetsana will try and do by frustrating us bearing in mind they have to cancel out the 2-0 deficit from the first leg but we are optimistic that we are going to add more salt to their injuries by scoring more goals in the first half and have the world cup ticket firmly in our hands.”
“We were in joyous mood after the final whistle was sounded in South Africa following our 0-2 win away from home. It is not over though and we need to do more, put everything in place in Benin and establish our qualification to the U-20 World Cup in France.”
Every team is developing in Africa and Nigerian female teams are used to measuring their power and how good they are, so, it is not as easy as it was to win any African female national team because we are the team to beat. Also, opposition are getting better and improving by the day. Unlike before no country is an easy ride any longer. We are where we are because the team is focused, disciplined and also we aim to set a record for the team coming after us.”
The Super Falconets had defeated the South Africans, the Basetsana 0-2 at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane. Rasheedat Ajibade drew the first blood in the 30th minute when she beat the South African goal keeper with a low shot while Anam Imo added the second goal from a close range in the 35th minute.
The two goals were scored in the first half as the South African Basetsana came out stronger in the second half defending well and trying to create an upset upfront but the Super Falconets contained and absorbed the pressures.