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NFF picks Abeokuta for Falcons

NFF has confirmed that the MKO Abiola stadium, Abeokuta will host the third fixtures, first leg of the 2012 Fifa Under-20 Women's World Cup qualifier between Nigeria's Falconets and DR Congo's Leopardess on May 5.

SuperSport.com gathered from the duo of federation's director of technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and sub-technical committee chairman, Barr Chris Green that the state's warm hospitality and luck to the women national teams is the overriding reasons for its choice.

"The state has become a lucky ground for our women teams, we are grateful to governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the good people of Ogun state.

"It is therefore only normal that we still go there and play," said Ikpeme

Green, however, told the players to remain consistent while he praised the defenders for a yeoman's job.

"The defenders are good, they have kept opponents' attackers at bay in past matches.

"l want them to continue the performance against the DR Congo next Saturday," he said.

The team will arrive Lagos on Monday and driven immediately to Abeokuta.

The return leg is billed for Kinshasa in a fortnight with the winner of the two-legged encounter representing Africa at the 2012 Fifa Women's World Cup in Japan in August.


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