Chris Danjuma has been appointed as the Head Coach of the U20 Women National Team. His appointed followed a screening and interview process by the Technical Committee of the NFF. The committee submitted its recommendation and has been approved by the Executive Committee of NFF.
The NFF has earlier issued one-week public notice which requested for applications from suitably qualified persons, after which short-listed candidates were informed and interviewed by a panel of the Technical Committee.
Chris Danjuma, who has taken temporary control of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, on a couple of occasions, led the Falconets to the quarter-finals in last year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals held at Costa Rica.
Danjuma will be supported by former U20 and U17 girls’ assistant coach Mansur Abdullahi, and former Super Falcons’ midfielder Effioanwan Ekpo.
Ekpo, who featured at the 2003 and 2007 FIFA World Cup finals in USA and China respectively, has represented Nigeria for 10 years between 2000 and 2010, at the 2004 and 2008 Women Olympic Football Tournaments in Athens and Beijing respectively, She also featured at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers.
Yahaya Audu, on the other hand has been goalkeeper trainer of the team, returns to his position as well.
The Falconets will commence their 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign with a second round, first leg encounter against their counterparts from Mauritius in Saint Pierre on Sunday, 8th October, with the return leg scheduled for the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 14th October 2023. Colombia will stage the 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals.