Nigeria players celebrates during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations Semi Final match between Cameroon and Nigeria at the Accra Sports Stadium, Accra on 27 November 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Nov 30, 2018. 10:00
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)'s first vice president, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has lauded the Super Falcons ahead of the 2018 Africa Women's Cup of Nations (AWCN) final.
The Super Falcons qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals after defeating a stubborn Cameroon side in the AWCN semi-finals on Tuesday.
“I feel elated, and I am sure that my colleagues on the Board of the NFF will feel the same way anywhere they are presently. The NFF has always had confidence in the Super Falcons and we are happy we got this World Cup ticket," Akinwunmi told the NFF website.
“It was not easy and it could not have been easy, as that was a semi-final match (against Cameroon). The Cameroonians were the hosts in 2016 when we beat them in front of a capacity crowd to retain the trophy, so they came with every ounce of strength and tactical knowledge to try and gain revenge. But champions would always be champions and we overpowered them.
On the preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France, the Chairman of Lagos State Football Association and Member, CAF Youth Competitions Committee told the site that there would be no half measures.
“The FIFA World Cup is the FIFA World Cup, and we must put in place a proper and comprehensive preparatory programme for the Super Falcons. We must utilize all the available FIFA windows for the team to play friendlies," he added.
“After the final match on Saturday, the NFF will ask Coach Thomas Dennerby to submit his program and we will take it from there.”
The defending champions Nigeria will take on South Africa in the AWCN final on Saturday