Falconets coach Peter Dedevbo has dropped five players from camp for performing below expectations and will face Ghana in an international friendly on Friday.
The five players dropped from the Nigerian Women’s U20 camp are Sunshine Queens duo of Damilola Koku and Funsho Ogunrinola, Onyema Ijeoma Bride who plies her trade for Bahrain FC, Maria Oke of FC Robo, and Confluence Queens’ left-back Rosemary Okor.
This brings the total number of players dropped by the tactician to 11 since the team started camping in May 2014.
30 players are left in camp of the African representatives ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for Canada come Aug. 4 to Aug. 24.
Head coach, Peter Dedevbo, says the players did not exhibit the necessary ability to be part of the team saying that the country must parade the best legs for a respectable performance.
“I have worked with these girls for some time now and I know their individual skills that’s why I had to drop some along the way. I want to make sure that when we storm Canada we should go with our best legs. I also want to thank the girls for giving their best just that only their best wasn’t good enough,” the former Flamingoes boss said.
Dedevbo further urged the remaining players in camp to show more commitment and zeal as no player is guaranteed a place yet in the team.
Nigeria is paired alongside England, Mexico and Korea Republic in the group stage of the competition billed for Canada from Aug. 4 to Aug. 24.
In a related development, the U-20 women’s team has participated in all FIFA Women’s World Cup since its inception in 2002 and in 2010 the team came second.
Ghana U-20 female team the black princesses on Thursday arrived Abuja for the second leg tune up matches with their Nigerian counterpart, the falconets.
The matches are aimed at preparing both teams for the FIFA U-20 female world cup in Canada.
The friendly matches will be played on Friday June 27th and Sunday 29th at the FIFA Goal project pitch of the Abuja National Stadium by 3pm.
The friendly is part of four friendlies to be played by the Falconets before jetting out for a training camp in Canada.
The Ghana Football Association had on two occasions requested for the postponement of the matches to enable them retrieve their passports from the Canadian High Commission where their visas were been processed.
According to the Falconets gaffer, Peter Dedevbo, the friendly match with Ghana will afford him the opportunity to have another look at the players at his disposal knowing quite well that Nigerians expect a better performance from the team.
“Let me thank the Nigerian football federation and our West African foes for this friendly, this game will afford I and my assistants the opportunity to have a closer look at these girls, it will even give us an idea of the composition of the squad.
“More so the calibre of team we are playing is good especially been the fact that both of us have qualified for the world cup. We will do our best to make sure that the best legs are chosen,” he said.
The first leg were earlier played in Ghana on the 6th and 7th of May with the Falconets winning the first match 2-1 and lost 0-1 in the second game.