- Solomon Dalung promises the Nigerian U-20 Women's team $10,000 bonus
- The Falconets will take on China in a crucial Group D fixture at the World Cup
- Nigeria are leading their Asian opponent with a superior goal-difference
Minister for sports, Solomon Dalung, has pledged to give the Nigerian U-20 team a bonus of $10,000 if they beat China in their final group game at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, Completesports reports.
The Falconets must avoid defeat to China if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the seventh time in nine editions.
The team are currently second in Group D with three points from two games with a superior goal-difference over their opponent.
“I believe that the Falconets have been well motivated for Monday’s game against China and I’ve been assured by the players that they will play out their hearts to get a quarter final ticket,” Dalung said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media.
“The U-20 Women’s team have been in the final in 2010 and 2014 and I know that you all will work hard to repeat that success in 2018.
“Like I earlier promised, all your entitlements will be offset soon but you will get a personal token of $10,000 from me if you beat China on Monday.
“As a country, we have identified our areas of strength and comparative advantage of which women’s football is one of them and we will need to invest more in it.
“On behalf of the His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and the good people of Nigeria, I wish you a successful outing against China on Monday.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Falconets defeated Haiti in their second Group D match at the ongoing FIFA U-20 tournament going on in France.
The encounter decided at Saint Malo saw Falconets captain Rasheedat Ajibade score the only goal of the match in the 38th minute from the spot to hand Nigeria all three points.
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