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Don’t underrate South Africa, NFF tells Falconets

22 January 2014, 18:06Israel Ojoko

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.

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