NFF arranges for the team?s comfort


Ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women?s World Cup finals in Japan, the U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, will arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The female team, after a road trip from their Namhae Sports Park Hotel, will fly from the Gimpo International Airport in Seoul for the six-hour trip to Tokyo.

The delegation is made up of 21 players and 11 officials, and will be led by the Chief Technical Officer of the Nigeria Football Federation, Abdul-Rafiu Yusuf, a former Nigeria international striker.

Drawn in Group B of the August 19 ? September 8 finals in Japan, alongside Korea Republic, Brazil and Italy, the Falconets appear to have their work cut out, but Head Coach Edwin Okon said on Tuesday that his girls have nothing to fear in the Far East.

?Our pedigree and current capacity stand us in good stead. As vice champions of the world, we fear no team. If the 2010 squad could finish in second place, beating USA along the way, there is no team here in Japan that we will not be able to confront with good measure of confidence,? Okon said.

The former Super Falcons? assistant coach steered his girls through a barnstorming African qualifying campaign in which they scored 13 goals and conceded none in four matches.

The Falconets play Korea Republic at 6 p.m. Japan time on Sunday at the Saitama World Cup Stadium, the same venue where they will confront Brazil on Wednesday, August 22. Their final group phase match is against Italy at the Kobe World Cup Stadium on Sunday, August 26.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has finalised arrangements with the Nigerian Embassy in Tokyo to have the girls served Nigerian food on some of their free days, in order for them to feel at home.

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