Football teaming fans could be finding solace in the Falconets, Nigeria’s women national team who are going for glory, looking forward to a place in this year’s women Under -20 final after the Super Eagle’ dismal performance in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The Women footballers are in top form having made drastic leap in the on-going tournament in Germany.
They have already broken a quarter final old jinx by defeating the defending champions, USA, in the round of eight.
The Falconets will today face Colombia in the second semi final match and they know they cannot afford to let the nation down this time.
The ladies of hope maintains a good record in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and they will definitely build on their old record in this year’s competition in Germany.
Thursday’s match will be the first meet between debutants Colombia and Nigeria in a women’s football event with the match time fixed for 5.30pm at the Bielefeld Stadium.
The Falconets, who will be making their first ever semi-final appearance are already fired up with the arrival of the wife of Nigeria’s President, Patience Jonathan alongside the Football Federation interim President, Aminu Magari, who have boosted the confidence of the girls.
According to the team’s coach, Adat Egan, the presence of the two personalities has further gingered the spirit of the girls to go all out for victory. He also pointing out that the girls want to do their best in order not to disappoint their teeming fans at home.
“Before we arrived in Germany, the girls promised that we would get beyond the quarter-final stage, now we are looking to the final itself – that is our target. The information we have been getting from Nigeria is that all the people are very, very happy with the result.
“It will help a lot more girls to take up the game, which can only be good for the development of Nigerian football,” he told FIFA.com.
A study of the history of the competition shows the Nigerian ladies have undergone steady improvement in recent years. In 2002, they were bottom of their group; in 2004 they finished third, which was enough to take them into the quarter-finals. Two years later, they were second before losing to Brazil in the last eight; and in 2008 they topped their group but fell to France in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, the other quarter final fixture will be between host Germany and Korea Republic. The two teams are the tournament’s top-scoring sides with 13 and 11 goals respectively.