The U-20 team will play US in the semi-final on Thursday

The Nigeria Football Federation has solicited that Nigerians “pray hard” for the Falconets as they confront their United States counterpart for the semi-final of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women?s World Cup finals in Japan.

This plea, according to a statement made available to Daily Times was made by the Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama.

Inyama who envisaged a tough challenge for the Falconets from the Americans noted that although the federation has put in place every motivational packages to see the girls through, the place of luck cannot be over emphasised.

?Every Nigerian should pray hard for the girls. They are good and have the ability to overcome the USA challenge,  but in football as in other endeavours of life, mother luck does come in to play a part.?

?We had faith in the U-20 girls before they left Nigeria and we still have faith in them as they are set for the semi final clash with the Americans. Definitely, the higher you go, the tougher it becomes. And it is also true that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That fact is not lost on the players and the technical crew.

?On our part, we have put together excellent motivational package for the girls to overcome the Americans and reach the Final for the second successive edition of the competition,?said Inyama.

The Edwin Okon-coached girls secured a semi-final ticket on Thursday when they surged past Mexico after extra time.

A headed goal by Desire Oparanozie got the Nigerian girls a last four slot at the sixth edition of the competition.

Tuesday?s semi final between the Falconets and the Americans will start at 4pm Japan time (8am Nigeria time) at the Tokyo National Stadium on Tuesday.

The american will be coming into the match with a zeal to revenge the loss they suffered to the Falconets in Augsburg, Germany two years ago. The Falconets edged on penalties after regulation and extra time ended 1-1 in 2010.

Ironically, it took Nigerian-born Chioma Ubogagu to see the Americans through to this stage. She scored the winner in the 98th minute to send the impressive North Koreans home.

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