Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has cautioned
the Falconets not to underrate their South African opposition when both sides
clash on Saturday in a 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier.
Nigeria takes a 6-0 lead into the return leg, but the NFF
president, Aminu Maigari said South Africa is a strong force to reckon with in
African women football, hence the need not to be complacent.
“My charge to you, technical crew and players, is not relent
at this stage. South Africa is a major power in African women football, so do not
under-rate them” he said in a statement.
“Even though we have a 6-0 advantage, we must play the
return leg match as if it were the first leg”.
An hour before the Falconets left for the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday, on their way to Lagos, NFF
President, Maigari was at the team’s camp to commend players and officials for
their excellent fighting spirit since the qualifying series began and charged
them to conclude the series in emphatic fashion.
“I am delighted at the way you have taken the challenge of
qualifying with steely resolve, and how you have not been shy to score a lot of
goals in your matches. My humble self, the entire Executive Committee and
Management of NFF and indeed, the Nigeria football family are proud of you.