Nigeria’s female youth national team, Falconets will fly out of Abuja on Friday to Austria for a two-week training camp ahead of this year’s FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in France.
Coach Chris Danjuma will lead his squad out of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 11 pm, to arrive Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris in the early hours of Saturday, then get another flight to Munich, Germany from where they will head to Austria.
The Falconets will depart Austria on August 2 for France, venue of the championship that is scheduled to begin on August 5 and end on the 24th of same month.
The team, which has been in camp in Abuja, will fine-tune their preparations for the U20 Women’s World Cup by playing some friendly matches with some local teams in Austria.
Danjuma will travel with 25 players, but four will be dropped after the exercise in Austria before the team departs to France for the global youth women’s championship.
The Falconets have taken part in all editions of the championship, which began in 2002 in Canada, and remain the most successful Nigerian women’s team at the global stage.
Nigeria twice placed second in past editions of the competition, at Germany 2010, when they lost 2-0 to the hosts, and Canada 2014, in another loss to Germany (1-0).
They were fourth at Japan 2012, following a 2-1 loss to the hosts, but failed to make it out of the group stage at the 2016 edition in Papua New Guinea.