Lagos - Newly –appointed Chairman of the Nigeria Women
Football League, Aisha Falode has visited the camp of the Super Falcons in
Yaounde ahead of Saturday’s 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations final.
Falode, a foremost sports journalist and Member of the CAF
Media Committee, told the girls they have the capacity to wrestle their
Cameroonian opponents to the ground at the final hurdle for the second
successive edition of the competition.
"I know that you have started feeling the atmosphere
since you got to Yaoundé. By the time you will get to the stadium, you will
start feeling it but you should not allow the atmosphere drive you. Let it add
pressure to them and it should spur you to go on. There's nothing great as
defeating people in their own home, in front of their home crowd."
Falode told the Falcons to think of Nigeria when they face
Cameroon in the final rather than the host team. "Play your own game.
Don't be under any pressure. Give it your all. See Nigeria when you play, see
the jersey that you are wearing when you play, see the passion of the people at
home when you play and the millions of fans rooting for you back home.”
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She warned the Cup holders to completely disregard the
record books and instead, fight with all their heart and might, reiterating
that it is vital not to allow the expected capacity crowd to distort their game
"Record means nothing; it is the record of now that
means something. That is the record that I want you to push for. That you are
the defending champions and that you are worthy of that name. When you get to
the stadium, don't see the crowd, see yourselves and see Nigeria as you play,
and by the grace of God, you will carry the day."
that champions Nigeria will confront host nation Cameroon in the final of the
10th Women Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday after beating South Africa 1-0 in
the semis played on Tuesday.
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