Today is exactly a decade when Nigeria nearly made global acclaim at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on 1 August 2010 only to lose in the final 2-0 to hosts Germany.
Nicknamed Falconets, the West Africans guided by Ndem Egan, displayed some gritty performances en route to the final after qualifying from a seemingly tough group that included Mexico, Japan and England.
Forward Desire Oparanozie brought the team level in their opening Group C 1-1 draw against England at the Implus Arena in Augsburg on 14 July. She was again on target in the 2-1 win over Japan three days later at the same venue.
Meanwhile, Ebere Orji was the star in the 1-1 draw against Mexico on 21 July as the Falconets finished in second position behind Mexico and progressed to the quarter-finals.
“One of the memories of our performance was that nobody believed in us while going to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany in 2010,” Egan which literally means ‘destiny child’ in the coach’s native Efik language in the South-South region of Nigeria told CAFOnline.com.