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NFF charges Falcons to seal semifinal ticket

13 October 2014, 21:31Israel Ojoko

Abuja - President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has charged the Super Falcons to go for a comfortable win that will seal their place in the semifinals of the 9th African Women Championship in Namibia as the players are set for their second match of the competition, after earning three points in their first match against Cote d’Ivoire.

The Confederation of African Football is using the tournament in southern Africa to pick the continent’s representatives to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada, with the top three teams at the end of the championship due to fly Africa’s flag at the global event.

“Our ever –brilliant and courageous ladies have started on a good note by whipping the Les Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire. Now, the three points against the Zambians are important in order to take us to the semifinals and closer to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“The girls have the maximum support of the NFF and the ever –present support of the Government and other Nigerians and I believe they will not fail the nation.”

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The Falcons, coached by Edwin Okon, lashed the Les Elephantes 4-2 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday night and sit atop Group A on goal difference from the Brave Gladiators of Namibia.

The Gladiators turned back the Chipolopolo Queens 2-0 in the tournament opening match and take on the nifty Ivorians also on Tuesday.

Victory against the Chipolopolo Queens will take the Falcons to the semifinals and with a ticket to their seventh consecutive World Cup finals almost guaranteed.

“The Falcons are good to go. Losing the crown in 2012 was a mistake that the players themselves want to correct. The mission of the girls in Namibia is to reclaim their African title,” assured Pinnick.

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