AWC 2015: Play with your hearts – Pinnick charges Falcons

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has charged the senior women national team, the Super Falcons, to play with all their heart when confronting the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the semi-finals of the 9th African Women Championship in Namibia on Wednesday.

The victories over Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and Namibia shot the six-time champions to the semi-finals on maximum points from their three matches, with victory against South Africa to guarantee a place in the tournament’s final at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada.

“I am truly impressed with the way the team has played in the tournament and they have, no doubt, made Nigerians happy. Now, they have come to a point where they cannot afford to make any mistakes,” Mr. Pinnick was quoted in a press release signed by NFF’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire.

“Against South Africa, we have to be close to perfection. The rivalry between our two countries will make the match more competitive. So, we have to be at our very best. Our girls must play with their hearts.”

The clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, which starts at 5p.m Namibia time (4pm Nigeria time), is a repeat of the 2012 match-up between both teams in Equatorial Guinea, which the Banyana won to reach the final.

“I have told the girls that they have to overcome the South Africans to qualify for the final, because I want to travel to Namibia to watch them play the final on Saturday,” Mr. Pinnick said.


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  • Alpha

    Way to put a man’s ambitions down, Abati. Nicely done.

  • dudu

    In the good old days, one would have marveled at the brilliance of Abati and his pen. We would say, a wordsmith par excellence, but now I “yinmu” because we all know and even the child of yesterday also knows that Abati is the poster boy for the word “hypocrisy”. Smh, Abati abeg, park well…and mind yourself o!

  • Sanmi Falae

    Perhaps Mr Abati should begin the uphill task of making his way back into the embrace of the Nigerian public by publishing a no-holds-barred account or memoire of Nigeria’s political establishment? I think it is a win-win situation because it will sell, he will be forgiven especially if he says it as it is, and it will provide a horse’s mouth insight into the rot in Nigeria’s political system, for the next generation to know exactly where and how to overhaul the system?

  • Romberg

    If you say Odia writes so well but he sounds so delusional, I think it’s like calling someone a brilliant f0ol, isn’t it.