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Title: UCHENNA KANU CAN DELIVER IN CANADA: Watch Out for Nigeria’s Falconets at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
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  Uchenna Kanu, the Nigerian starlet whose four goals ensured Flamingos got to the quarter finals of FIFA U-17 Women World cup in C...


 Uchenna Kanu, the Nigerian starlet whose four goals ensured Flamingos got to the quarter finals of FIFA U-17 Women World cup in Costa Rica last year, is set to lead the Falconets strike force in the FIFA U-20 Women World cup in Canada this August.

The Fila coming from the Faconets camp is something that could give millions of Nigerians hope. The 17 years attacking wit –kid has impressed everyone. Without doubt Kanu has what it takes to deliver in Canada.


Head Coach of the Nigeria U-20 women’s team, Peter Dedvbo exclaimed: “the girl is good!”



“Kanu was really outstanding at the U-17 World cup last year and since her call up into the U-20 team, she has been in splendid form. With the way she is going, Kanu can win the Golden ball or Golden boot in Canada. Watch out!”

“Kanu’s partnership with Courtney Dike and Halimatu Ayinde upfront is something that could interest most Nigerian fans when hostility begins in Canada. Dedvbo enthused.


Courtney Dike
 Although, most fans expect the Oklahoma State University star, Courtney Dike to spearhead the Falconets’ campaign in Canada, but the tall-spiky attacker said: “I think the really star to watch out for is Uchenna Kanu!”

“I’m not trying to take any responsibility off my shoulders, but you need to see what Uchenna is doing with the ball these days. Her skill is something incredible. We can’t finish any game, whether training or real match situation, without Uche not finding the back of the net many times.” Dike explained.



“I’m so excited that we have such a player in our team. The way Uche combine with other players motivates them to play better in difficult situations and that’s inspiring. Again, her goal scoring ability is something you can’t but admire as a striker.” Dike continued.



“I’m looking forward to the world cup and I hope the coach would prefer to pair two of us upfront.”


Nigeria's Falconets


Dedevbo is happy to have made the decision and invited five former U-17 players: Uchenna Kanu; Halimatu Ayinde, Patience Okoseme, Jiroro Idike and Yetunde Adeboyejo. These additions have really fortified the team.


Peter Dedevbo, Head Coach
 Dedevbo is optimistic with the way the team is turning out and Canada 2014 may just be the right place and set time for Nigeria’s Falconets to eventually become world champions. They were the runner up to Germany at the 2010 U-20 women’s world cup.

“The players are in great form and the team spirit is so high. You can’t help but to hope for the best when you have a team like this. I have a feeling the Falconets will become the next world champions.” Dedevbo confidently declared.

Nigeria will be competing against England, Mexico and South Korea for the Group C ticket at the 16 team biennial tournament, which runs from August 5 – 24 in Canada.


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