The Sierra Leoneans say they cannot afford the expenses the game against Nigeria will incur.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons have reached the final round of qualifying series for the 2014 African Women Championship, after Sierra Leone announced her withdrawal from the clash with the six-time African champions.
Both teams were due to square off in a qualifying duel in February, but Sierra Leone’s voluntary exit means the Falcons will now have to wait for the winner of the fixture between Kenya and Rwanda to know their final round opponents.
In a letter dated January 9 and addressed to the General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, which was also copied the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, the Acting General Secretary of the Sierra Leone Football Association wrote – “I write with regrets to inform you of our decision to withdraw our National Female football team from participating in the aforementioned Championship scheduled to kick off mid-February 2014.
“This decision which was reached at our last Executive Committee is due to the present financial status of our Football Association which makes it difficult to honour our proposed fixture against Nigeria in February this year.”
The U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, walloped their counterparts from Sierra Leone 10-0 in Abuja in the first round of their 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification series in October 2013, and followed up with a 6-0 hammering of their hosts in Freetown on November 9.
The 9th African Women Championship finals will be held in Namibia between October 11 and 15, 2014.