Falcons To Go Big Against Banyana For Ninth African Trophy
… As Ambassador Abikoye charges team to go for victory
Champions Nigeria will throw in their aces from the referee’s first blast of the whistle in Saturday’s Women Africa Cup of Nations Final against South Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Coach Thomas Dennerby and Captain Onome Ebi have spoken of high level of motivation and determination in the team to retain the Women AFCON trophy and continue Nigeria’s near-absolute domination of the continental championship.
In 20 years of its existence, reigning champions Nigeria have dominated the Women AFCON to an embarrassing degree, with only Equatorial Guinea breaking their clean sweep on only two occasions, with Mercy Akide, Perpetua Nkwocha (on four occasions), Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala emerging top scorers at different championships.
The latter two – Desire and Asisat – are still in the mix, and in fact constitute the Dreaded Duo that the Banyana Banyana will do well to keep sharp eyes on throughout the 90 minutes on Saturday.
Nigeria and South Africa have been in the final together once – in 2000, when the South Africans hosted but the Nigerians successfully retained the trophy after a 2-0 defeat of the hosts in Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Olufemi Abikoye has charged the Super Falcons to go all out for victory against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in tomorrow’s final.
Delivering a message from the President of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) when he visited the team at Presco Secondary School during their training session, Ambassador Abikoye praised the eight-time champions for their effort to reach the final.
According to him, You defeated Cameroon at home the last time to win the title so everyone knew the semi-final match between both teams was going to be very tough. But we thank God you put in all your strength and you listened to the instructions of the coaches and were able to come out on top. The analysts gave the match to Cameroon, but you proved them wrong.
He added: “On Saturday again, it is not going to be easy. Cameroon came out strong because you defeated them in Yaounde in the 2016 Final. You cannot allow South Africa to beat us twice here in Ghana. It is now your turn to seek your revenge against the South Africans and win the trophy on Saturday”.
The Ambassador further pledged that the Nigerian Community in Ghana will come out in their numbers on Saturday to support the team.