Wednesday Nov 16, 2016. 17:42
Defending champions Nigeria have departed for this year’s women’s AFCON in Cameroon.
A contingent of 21 players and officials flew out of Abuja to Lagos on Wednesday morning, and then traveled from Lagos to Douala by ASKY Airline flight on Wednesday afternoon.
Hours before the Super Falcons departure for Cameroon, NFF president Amaju Pinnick was at the team’s camp to offer words of motivation and encouragement.
Pinnick told the reigning African champions that the federation is fully behind them and that they are as important as any other national team.
"We are totally behind you and we cherish you as much as we cherish all other teams, and we are always proud about all you have achieved which remains a record in the continent of Africa. We are hopeful that you will remain the champions of Africa after the finals in Cameroon,” he said.
"I want to assure you that we respect you and will do all we can to meet your needs in spite of the financial challenges we have presently. We do not take you for granted. We will always treat you as the champions that you are and hopefully, our financial situation will improve very soon and we will be able to practically demonstrate how much we treasure you.”
Pinnick then prayed with the ladies and reiterated that the federation has great plans for them and Nigeria women football going forward.
The NFF president's visit was one of numerous morale –boosting visits by the Nigerian authorities to the Super Falcons, with the country’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, also visiting the ladies and promising Government support and encouragement penultimate Tuesday.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has been to the Falcons’ training twice, stating that he is very confident they can bring home the Cup to Nigeria from Cameroon.
The Women's Africa Cup of Nations will take place 19th
November – 3rd
SUPER FALCONS FOR GLORY
Ibubeleye Whyte, Gladys Akpa, Faith Ikidi, Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Ebere, Esther Sunday, Alaba Jonathan, Osarenoma Igbinovia, Ijeoma Obi, Halimatu Ayinde, Ugo Njoku, Uchechi Sunday, Gloria Iroka, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Onome Ebi, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, Rita Akarekor, Chioma Wogu