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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