Lagos - Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju
Pinnick has offered words of encouragement to the Dream Team and the Super
Falcons as both sides traveled on Thursday for two separate away fixtures in
the 2016 Olympics football games qualifiers.
Pinnick was at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport
early on Thursday to receive the Falcons as they arrived Lagos, on their way to
Bata, where they clash with their Equatorial Guinean counterparts on Sunday.
“The whole country is proud of what you have done in the
past, winning seven African Women Championship titles out of nine so far, and
qualifying for the Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
“Your superiority on the African continent has never been in
doubt. What is left is for us to take that capability to the global stage. The
entire nation has faith in you to overcome in Equatorial Guinea and eventually
qualify for the Olympics,” he told the players.
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The Falcons have a battle on their hands, having only drawn
the first leg at home 1-1 against the only other substantial rival they have on
the African continent.
“On Sunday, Nigerians expect you to deliver as you have
always done. A place in the final round of the qualifying race to the Olympics
is certainly within your grasp.”
In his response, Coach Chris Danjuma assured that the
Falcons will take Sunday’s match as a battle that must be won. “The way it is,
we have no choice but to fight and fight, because we must score goals. I want
to assure Nigerians that my team is up to the task.”
Pinnick also sent a message to the U-23 boys, who were led
out of the country on Thursday afternoon by NFF 1st Vice President Seyi
“We are fully aware of the fact that we are fighting two
battles in one day. But they say that when the going gets tough, the tough gets
“Samson Siasia has been in this kind of situation several
times and he has come out victorious. We believe in him and the team that he is
taking to Pointe Noire.”
Siasia’s boys hold a thin 2-1 advantage from the first leg
in Port Harcourt, and know they have to prepare to battle against not only the
host team, but several other forces as well.
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