Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has urged the Super Falcons to raise their game if they want to reclaim the Africa Women championship (AWC) title billed for Namibia in October.
NFF technical director Emmanuel Ikpeme made the charge after watching the Falcons play a goalless draw with A.I. Dikko international soccer academy at the practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Ikpeme praised the girls for holding their own against a male side but urged them to up their game for the task ahead, adding that he was happy with the progress they have made since the camp opened.
"As you prepare for the AWC in Namibia, you must realise that you are going there to bring the cup back. What the Falconets started at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, you must complete by winning the cup. We believe you can do it if you raise your standard.”
"We want you to go to the world cup as African champions and we shall give you all the necessary support to excel in Namibia, so continue to work hard to achieve your target," Ikpeme said.
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In the game, Falcons failed to convert some begging chances while goalkeeper Charity John made a couple of saves to deny Dikko Academy from scoring.
Falcons Assistant coach Christopher Danjuma said the essence of the game was not to win but to strengthen the girls and help them in increasing their pace, adding that they can only get better.
He assured that the girls would be up to speed in their preparation, stressing that the resolve is to go to Namibia and win the cup.
Super Falcons Vs A I Dikko
Charity John (Precious Dede 46'), Sarah Nnodim (Ugo Njoku 46'), Osinachi Ohale,Josephjne Chukunonye, Gloria Ofoegbu (Ngozi Ebere 67'), Evelyn Nwabuoku (Onyinyechi Ohagugha 46'), Halimat Ayinde (Ngozi Okobi 70'), Gloria Iroka (Uchechi Sunday 67'), Ayila (Cecilia Nku 46'), Asisat Oshoala, Chiwendu Ihezuo (Stella Mbachu 46').
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