Falconets

, the Falconets outstanding performance is second to none

The young Nigerian girls have been outstanding in Costa Rica, defeating every challenger put in front of them to earn a matchup with the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

One of the top teams competing in the Costa Rica-hosted FIFA under-20 World Cup in 2022 is the Falconets.

On matchday three, the Nigeria U20 national team defeated Canada to wrap up their group stage competition with the maximum nine points.

The key takeaways from the Falconets’ flawless group stage journey are listed below.

Perfect three in three

Since the tournament’s inception in 2002, the Nigeria U20 women have participated in every FIFA U20 World Cup, making ten appearances.

Only twice (in 2002 and 2016) have the Falconets failed to advance past the group stage, demonstrating their success at the championship.

However, Costa Rica 2022 will mark the first World Cup in which the Falconets sweep all three of their group games.

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Nigeria won matches against France, South Korea, and Canada to finish first in Group C and advance to the quarterfinals.
The Falconets have only ever won their group at the World Cup on two occasions before.

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Nigeria earned seven points from two victories and one tie to win Group B in Japan in 2012 and Group C in Canada in 2014, respectively.

Both times, the Falconets advanced to the semifinals. The team came in fourth place at Japan 2012 and finished second to Germany in 2014.

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Nigeria U20 women, Maintaining tradition in

The current Falconets have continued the previous lots’ dominance in battles against particular foes.

The Nigeria U20 girls have never lost to the Korea Republic, and with their victory in Costa Rica on matchday two, the Chris Danjuma-coached team made it three wins in a row for Nigeria over the Asians.

At the competition, the Falconets defeated Canada three times in a row. Nigeria’s resume only includes one loss, a home defeat to the Reds in 2002.

The match between Nigeria and France on matchday one marked the two countries’ first-ever meeting at this level. Due to a late goal by Flourish Sabastine, Nigeria won 1-0.

Coach Danjuma’s magic wand

Many people were pleasantly surprised by the Falconets’ impressive performance in Costa Rica, and some of the credit should go to coach Christophe Danjuma.

The team’s World Cup preparation was far from ideal; prior to their opening match against France, they didn’t even participate in a friendly match.

However, Coach Danjuma overcame these obstacles to assemble a team that appeared to be better managed than the Super Falcons.

In attack, the Falconets generate a tonne of opportunities while playing with poise in defence and trying to exert control in midfield. The team is not only entertaining to watch, but Nigerians have grown to be proud of it.

Kudos, Chris.

Nigeria U20 women: The future stars are shining bright

In terms of the senior national team and international football, Osinachi Ohale, Desire Oparanozie, Ngozi Okobe, and Asisat Oshoala are well-known players.

But at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup a few years ago, they made their football debut.

Costa Rica is giving birth to the Super Falcons’ upcoming stars.

And before names like Esther Onyenezide, Flourish Sabastine, Oluwatosin Demeyin, and Mercy Idoko, among others, become well-known in the Super Falcons, it is only a matter of time.

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Onyenezide on the cup of history

Esther Onyenezide, one of those young players, is already among Nigeria’s top goal scorers in a single U20 Women’s World Cup competition.

In his first three games, the 19-year-old midfielder has scored three goals.

Onyenezide scored the game-winning goal for Nigeria against South Korea and then added two more penalties in the 3-1 victory over Canada.

Only three players have scored more goals at any World Cup than Onyenezide: Asisat Oshoala (7 goals at Canada 2014), Cynthia Uwak (4 goals at Russia 2006), and Francisca Ordega (4 goals at Japan 2012).

Esther Onyenezide, Falconets
Esther Onyenezide, Falconets

Onyenezide is still a contender for Costa Rica 2022’s top goal scorer honour.

Only Inma Gabarro (4 goals) of Spain has more goals than Onyenezide.

The former Edo Queens star would become just the second Nigerian, after Asisat Oshoala, to win the Golden Boot award if she managed to pass Gabarro and avoid any other competitors.

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