U-19 Team to Disband after World Cup

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  1. DennisM

    DennisM Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Nya Sverige
    Those of you lucky to see the Nigerian team play in Edmonton should remember them because the team will no longer exist as they are now. The have been disbanded. Here's the article from This Day which is published in Lagos:

    "The low flying Nigeria's U-23 female national team the Falconets, who sneaked into the country over the weekend from Canada, venue of the on-going FIFA U-19 World Championship have been disbanded with immediate effect.

    THIS DAYSports gathered that the unimpressive Falconets who were eliminated from the inaugural soccer fiesta in the group stage, were disbanded upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

    An official of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) who confirmed this development on phone from Abuja, stated that the players who were obviously displeased with the turn of event, were also ordered to return to their respective clubs as the Football House had no immediate assignment them.

    "The disbanding was by no means an indictment on the players and their technical crew, but since they have been away from their families and clubs since the camping period, it was decided that they return to their various bases," the official explained.

    The Nigerians who left Lagos with as Africa's sole representatives in the international, made very little impression as they were booted out of the event after raising hope via a score draw against Japan only to lose to Denmark and host Canada in the group stage.

    Team coach Ntiero Effiom who led the squad to the inaugural U-19 championship, blamed the poor outing on inexperience and inadequate preparation, hinging the dismal outing on the aborted training tour to the United States of America, a situation he claimed adversely affected the players' psyche."

    Here's the article also from This Day about the trip to the U.S.

    "Nigeria female Under-19 football team will camp in the United States of America in preparation for the maiden edition of the FIFA Women's U-19 Football Championship billed for Canada later in the year.

    Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) technical Committee Adegboyega Onigbinde who revealed this to THIS DAYSports before leaving for England with the Super Eagles on Monday night, said the team needs the camping exercise to put them in competition mood.

    Onigbinde explained that camping the girls in US would afford them to play some of the top female teams in the American League which will help to shape them up for the championship.

    "Aside the friendlies the team will play before the championship, the team would also be camped in USA for one month where they will play some of the top teams. It would also give them the opportunity to acclimatize with the weather as well as face tough opponents before the championship proper," Onigbinde stated.

    He said immediately after the World Cup, the girls would be called to camp for early preparations noting that the Championship would be used to relaunch Nigerian female soccer to the world.

    "We need to call the girls to camp as early as possible. Other countries have not been taking the championship for granted as such we have to buckle up for the challenge," he added.

    The Falconets have already been lined to play friendly with their English counterpart in July as well as their counterparts from China."

    Too bad. I would have wanted to see them play the WUSA teams.

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