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Super Falcons go on a one week recess

05 August 2015, 12:08

Lagos - The Super Falcons of Nigeria have returned to Abuja following their elimination from the 2016 Olympics qualifying race by Equatorial Guinea in Bata on Sunday.

Coach of the side, Chris Danjuma has immediately announced a one-week break for the Falcons, ahead of re-grouping for preparations for the Women's Football Tournament of the 11th All-Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville early next month.

1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi received the Falcons in Lagos, and told players and officials that though the NFF and the Nigeria football family feel sad about their elimination, plans by the NFF to boost the women's game in Nigeria remain unaffected.

Also read: Super Falcons abandoned, return to Nigeria by road

“You have been eliminated from the Olympic race, but don't forget that the All-Africa Games is next month, and also the qualifiers for the 2016 African Women Championship in Cameroon, for which you are the defending champions, will soon start.

“So, there is no time to remain sad and demoralized. You have to forget the experience in Bata and concentrate on the challenges ahead. The NFF is there to give you all the necessary support."

The Falcons lost 1-2 in extra time, after both legs of the fixture ended 1-1. It means Equatorial Guinea will now play South Africa, and Cameroon will play Cote d'Ivoire for Africa's two tickets to the Women's Football Tournament of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

-Soccer Laduma

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