The Nigeria national women’s team, the Super Falcons, have stated that they will be going for nothing short of victory against their Cameroonian counterparts in Saturday’s finals of the Africa Women’s Championship taking place in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Super Falcons, six-time African champions, will confront the Lionesses of Cameroon at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek by 7 p.m. (Nigeria time) as they will now be eyeing an astonishing seventh crown.
While Nigeria is a regular face in the final, it is the first time Cameroon had reached the final of the biennial championship since its inception in 1998.
The Falcons, who are keen to return to the top spot on the continent, having been dethroned by Equatorial Guinea, have left no one in doubt of their mission as they have carefully displaced all the oppositions that have come their way so far.
Saturday’s paring puts the Falcons, who finished tops in their group, with Cameroon who also achieved same feat in their own group.
Like they did to the South Africans in the semis, the Nigerian women have scores to settle with the Lionesses of Cameroon who at the last AWC beat them in the third place match and equally denied them the chance of featuring at the Olympics.
One of the key players in the Falcons team, Asisat Oshoala, who helped in avenging the defeat suffered in the hands of South Africa by scoring two goals, said she is happy to face the Cameroonians in the final.
“Two years ago at the 3rd place match, we lost to Cameroon in a match we thought we would have salvaged something. I am thinking revenge. I think it’s good to meet them again back to back just like what happened with South Africa,so I think we will give the same fight we gave to South Africa. We will win but I don’t know by what score line,” the Rivers Angels star stated.
Also the Falcons skipper, Evelyn Nwabuoku, said she has told her teammates that it is victory or nothing.
“I have told my team mates that it is the title or nothing else. We are primed to reclaim the trophy we lost two years ago,” Nwabuoku was quoted as saying in a press statement from the Super Falcons Media Officer, Gracious Akujobi .
Meanwhile, for the fifth time in the ongoing AWC, Super Falcons will wear their traditional green jersey on green hose. Their opponents Cameroon will dorn red and yellow jersey with yellow hose.
The anticipated thrilling final match will be handled by Zambian centre referee, Gladys Lengwe. She will be assisted by Souad Oulhaj ( Morocco); assistant referee 2 – Bernadetter Asimenye Kwimbira (Malawi); and reserve referee, Aissata Ameyo Amegee ( Togo).
The match Commissioner is Anastasia Tsichlas from South Africa.