The Falconets advanced to the next stage of the African qualifying competition for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals next year without kicking the ball.
After the Mauritius Football Association informed the Confederation of African Football of their U20 Women National Team’s withdrawal from the qualifiers, Falconets advanced to the next round without ever kicking a ball.
“Kindly note that CAF was informed of the withdrawal of Mauritius FA from the African qualifiers of FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2024. Consequently, Nigeria is qualified to the next round of the competition and the missions of all officials of matches 37 & 38 are cancelled,” read a communication from CAF to the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Falconets were due to take a flight to Mauritius the following week for the first leg against the Mauritius U20 girls at Saint Pierre, with the return leg taking place at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Saturday, October 14.
Nigeria, who will play in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup, will now move on to the next phase of the qualification process.