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FIFA U-20 Women: Nigeria beat Burundi 1-0

Nigeria’s Under 20 Women’s football team, the Falconets on Sunday defeated Burundi 1-0 in the first leg of their FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final qualifying round fixture played in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

Nigeria will now face Burundi in the second leg encounter at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Jan. 20, for the final leg of the qualifying series.

The winner of the two-legged encounter would qualify as one of Africa’s four representatives at this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals scheduled to hold in Colombia, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 22.Nigeria

In the match played, Janet Akekoromowei scored from the penalty spot in added time in the first half to secure victory for the 2022 World Cup quarter-finalists.

The Burundians ended the encounter with only 10 women following a red card shown to defender Ariella Umuarerwa for a rough tackle.

The goal by Akekoromowei who plays for Asisat Oshoala Academy in Lagos gave Nigeria the maximum three points away from home.

The Nigerian girls created more scoring chances but could convert them to increase the tally, as the Burundians stood their grounds not to allow in more goals.

Nigeria has qualified for all but one edition since the competition started as FIFA U-19 Women’s Championship back in 2002 in Canada, where Nigeria crashed out in the preliminary stage.

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NFF appoints Many Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head coach

The Board of the Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

Garba’s squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0.

In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

Garba will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana, according to the NFF.

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NFF to decide on new Super Eagles head coach nextweek

The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will meet next week Tuesday in Abuja to decide on a new head coach for super eagles.

According to a report in SCORENigeria, the committee has already shortlisted seven coaches for the vacant position.

Former internationals Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke are the two leading candidates for the position.

Finidi led the team in interim capacity for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali last month.

The immediate task of the new coach will be the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Squirrels of Benin Republic in June.

The games will take place on June 3 and 11, respectively.

The Super Eagles are yet to record a win in their group after they drawing their opening two games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe

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Doma United Goalkeeper, Osayi Kingdom seals move to Nordic FC

Doma United goalkeeper, Kingdom Osayi has sealed a move  to Swedish side, Nordic FC.

Osayi will team up with his new club in the summer

The youngster was in the stands during Doma United’s clash with Plateau United at the New Jos Stadium on Saturday.

Plateau United defeated the Savannah Tigers 4-0 in the game.

The goalie kept seven clean sheets in the first half of the season.

Osayi won the NPFL Player of the Month for November.

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