Updated: Aug 5, 2022
The cat was finally out of the bag this week as coach Chris Danjuma unveiled his 21 woman squad for this year's installment of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.
Nigeria's damsels brought much distress to their African counterparts in the qualifiers for this tournament as they ruthlessly swept all oppositions aside without breaking much sweat.
Now Canada, France and South Korea lie in wait in the group stages of the tournament proper which kicks off next week.
All these teams are formidable at the this level of women's football so Danjuma's damsels will have to push the envelope and nip at the heels of their oppositions.
A lot of the young ladies who made the final cut are quite precocious and well primed for the challenge ahead.
The likes of Demehin, Imuran, Onyenezide, Jerry and Idoko wrote their names in the stars during the qualifiers where they provided ample glimpses of what to expect from them.
They now need to replicate this in style at the World Cup against far more formidable opponents.
At this stage, it is hard to gauge the Falconets World Cup winning credentials - no Nigerian team has won the tournament at this stage. But the Falconets are silver medallists on 2 occasions, losing to Germany both times.
Will this team surpass that achievement? The answer to that question will become clearer in the coming days.
Falconets Final Squad
Goalkeepers: Nelly Ekeh, Monle Oyono, Peace Obidinma
Defenders: Oluwatosin Demehin, Omowunmi Oshobukola, Rofiat Imuran, Jumoke Alani, Chidinma Ogbuchi, Oluchi Ohaegbulem
Midfielders: Bashirat Amoo, Esther Onyenezide, Adoo Yina, Motunrayo Amoo, Chinyere Kalu, Deborah Abiodun
Forwards: Blessing Okpe, Joy Jerry, Mercy Idoko, Flourish Sabastine, Chioma Olise, Chiamaka Okwuchukwu.
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