The Falconets of Nigeria welcome their Tanzanian counterparts to Benin Ciy on Saturday in their opening qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Morocco.

This is the team’s first game after they crashed out of the first round of the 2016 edition in Papua New Guinea.

But assistant coach of the team, Mansur Abdullahi has said the Tanzanians will be a hard nut to crack on Saturday.

“Being the favourites could make it tough for us and the Tanzanians have nothing to lose,” Mansur told

“Winning convincingly is important and that’s what we are looking forward to in Saturday’s game, but we should expect a tough test from Tanzania.

“Fans will be expecting a massacre, but we will be wrong if we think the Tanzanians will be an easy team to ride over.

“I believe we will win convincingly, but we must show humility and respect for our opponents. Everybody in camp is ready; it’s a collective battle and it will be a victorious one for us by God’s grace,” he said.

September 15, 2017

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