NFF Assures Adequate W/Cup Preparation For Falcons
Falcons needed penalty shootout to overcome stubborn Cameroon to reach their 9th AWCON final (image courtesy NFF Media)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured that the Super Falcons will get enough preparation for the 2019 Fifa Women‘s World Cup.

Nigeria, eight-time African champions, qualified for the competition in France after seeing off Cameroon 4-2 on penalties in a semi-final clash at the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations.

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Speaking after Thomas Dennerby’s team sealed the ticket for the global soccer fiesta, the NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwumi expressed delight over the girls’ victory.

He assured that the football body would prepare the side well for the tournament.

“I feel elated, and I am sure that my colleagues on the Board of the NFF will feel the same way anywhere they are present,” Akinwunmi said.

“The NFF has always had confidence in the Super Falcons and we are happy we got this World Cup ticket. 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.“

According to him, “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.

“After the final match on Saturday, the NFF will ask Coach Thomas Dennerby to submit his program and we will take it from there.”

Nigeria will face South Africa in the final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations on Saturday with a victory meaning a ninth crown for the West Africans.