Colombia 2024: Falconets Coach Targets Victory Over Burundi In World Cup Qualifiers


Head Coach of the Nigeria’s U20 team, Chris Danjuma is confident the Falconets will build on their 1-0 first leg victory in Dar es Salaam last Sunday to send the Burundians packing.

Nigeria’s U20 girls have intensified their training sessions in Abuja ahead of Saturday’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup final qualifying run-out against their counterparts from Burundi, at the MKO Abiola National Stadium.

According to Danjuma; “The first leg encounter was tough, but we also should have taken our chances. We created several opportunities but let the Burundians off and we seriously must guard against such laxity on Saturday. We must take our chances early and make the match enjoyable for our fans.

“Of course, I am already looking forward to another World Cup with the team, but we must put first things first. The challenge at the moment is to get Burundi out of the way on Saturday and earn the ticket.”

Forward Janet Akekoromowei netted the only goal of the first leg encounter from the penalty spot, in added time of the first half, after a foul that earned Burundian defender Ariella Umuarerwa the red card. The Falconets had lost an earlier penalty kick through Chiamaka Okwuchukwu.

This year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals will be staged in Colombia, 31st August – 22nd September.