The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup kicks off in France on Sunday, August 4. Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team, Falconets, will take on former three-time champions of the tournament, Germany, on Monday. Ahead of Monday’s game, Newsbreak.ng’s James Agberebi unveils FIVE interesting facts about the Falconets.
1. FALCONETS HAVE NOT MISSED ANY U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP EDITION
Since the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup started in 2002 in Canada, the Falconets have never missed any edition.
The team have played in all previous eight editions and will be appearing in their ninth in France this year.
After debuting at the 2002 edition, the Falconets were in Thailand 2004, Russia 2006, Chile 2008, Germany 2010, Japan 2012, Canada 2014 and Papua New Guinea 2016.
2. THE FALCONETS ARE THE ONLY AFRICAN TEAM TO PLAY IN THE FINAL
In the 2010 World Cup in Germany, the Falconets stunned everyone by reaching the final for the very first time.
The feat saw them become the first and only African team to do so.
Once again, they went all the way to the final in the 2014 edition hosted in Canada. They still remain the only African side to achieve it.
3. FALCONETS LOST BOTH FINALS TO GERMANY
Despite being the first and only African side to have reached the final of the U-20 Women’s World Cup, the Falconets have been unlucky on both occasions.
Their first final in 2010 saw them take on hosts Germany who won 2-0.
Once again, in the 2014 World Cup final, they were beaten by Germany who won 1-0 after extra-time.
4. ASISAT OSHOALA WON THE MVP AWARD IN 2014
Following her brilliant performance which saw the Falconets finish second at the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup, current Super Falcons star, Asisat Oshoala, was voted the Most Valuable Player.
It was the first time ever a Nigerian and an African player will be voted MVP of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
5. ASISAT OSHOALA WON THE GOLDEN BOOT AWARD IN 2014
Aside being voted Most Valuable Player at the 2014 World Cup, Asisat Oshoala also won the Golden boot award.
Oshoala achieved this after scoring seven goals for the Falconets which propelled them all the way to the final.