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13th African Games: Falconets good enough to retain African Games’ gold, says Coach Danjuma

Posted : 20 March 2024

Coach Chris Musa Danjuma is understandably optimistic following the progress of his Nigeria U20 girls to the final of the women’s football event at the ongoing 13th African Games in Ghana.

The experienced tactician watched with delight as substitutes Judith Adaobi Okah and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu, who came off the bench, provided the goals that sent Uganda’s U-20 team packing and secured a spot for the defending champions in the final against hosts Ghana on Thursday night.

“We should have converted some of the chances we created in the first half, but we are happy to score two goals in the second half and reach the final. It is an opportunity to retain our gold medal from the last edition in Morocco, and we will do everything to win and make Nigerians happy.

“Although we are not seeking revenge, we acknowledge that we have unfinished business with Ghana. Our main objective is to retain our gold medal in the African Games, and by achieving that, we would have addressed the unfinished business.”

The ‘unfinished business’ referred to by Danjuma was the WAFU B U20 Championship hosted by Ghana last year, where the host nation narrowly defeated the Falconets in the final in Kumasi to win the regional title.

Danjuma’s team has been dominant in Cape Coast, scoring eight goals in three matches without conceding any, and looking solid in several areas as they prepare for this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals in Colombia, for which they have already qualified.

The experienced coach used three different goalkeepers in the home-and-away World Cup qualifying matches against Tanzania and Burundi but seems to have settled on World Cup bronze medallist Faith Omilana, who has started in goal in all matches in Cape Coast.

Shukurat Oladipo, Jumoke Alani, and captain Oluchi Ohaegbulem are maintaining a strong defense, while the experienced Yina Adoo and Chioma Olise have been supported by Loveth Edeh and Bunmi Oladeji in midfield. In attack, Chiamaka Okwuchukwu and Chinyere Kalu now face competition from Olushola Shobowale and Adaobi Okah.


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