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NFF talks up Dream Team, Super Falcons ahead tough ties

30 July 2015, 18:14Israel Ojoko

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.

Also read: Africa hots up in Olympics qualifiers

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 Akinwunmi.

“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 going.

“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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