Lagos - The Super Falcons are close to booking a ticket to
the 2014 African Women Championship billed for Namibia following the withdrawal
of Sierra Leone.
Both teams were due to square off in a qualifying duel in
February but Sierra Leone’s voluntary exit means the Falcons will now have to
wait for the winner of the fixture between Kenya and Rwanda to know their final
In a letter dated 9th January, addressed to the General
Secretary of the Confederation of African Football and copied the NFF, the Acting
General Secretary of the Sierra Leone Football Association wrote: “I write with
regrets to inform you of our decision to withdraw our National Female football
team from participating in the aforementioned Championship scheduled to kick
off mid-February 2014.
“This decision which was reached at our last Executive
Committee is due to the present financial status of our Football Association
which makes it difficult to honour our proposed fixture against Nigeria in February
It would be recalled that the U-20 Women National Team,
Falconets walloped their counterparts from Sierra Leone 10-0 in Abuja in the first
round of their 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification series in October
2013, and followed up with a 6-0 hammering of their hosts in Freetown on 9th
The 9th African Women Championship finals will be held in
Namibia between 11th – 25th October, 2014.