Vanguard (Lagos)

22 April 2012

Nigeria: Don't Rest On Your Oars, Mabo Tells Falconets

Former Super Falcons coach Ismaila Mabo has showered encomiums on the national U-20 Women's team for their brilliant performance so far in the qualifiers even as he urged them not to be over confident.

The Super Falconets last Sunday proved too hot for Zimbabwe whipping them 3-0. The Nigerians thus moved to the next round of the 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers on a 6-0 aggregate having beaten them 3-0 in the first leg in Abeokuta last month.

For Mabo, the battle is not over yet as they will be playing a tougher opposition. He therefore, advised that the NFF should continue supporting the team so that they could qualify for the World Cup.

According to him, " I must congratulate the Falconets on their victories so far. It is a sign that the girls are poised to pick the ticket but then, they should not be carried away by their victories rather they should focus more on their next encounter. As it is said it is not over until it is over.

"They should also not assume that they have arrived rather they should buckle up and see where they faulted in their last match and see how they could correct it in their next game. The coach also should ensure the girls are properly guided and well trained for their next tie.

Continuing he said, "the NFF on their part should ensure there are provisions made for the girls for the next encounter.

Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Alhaji Aminu Maigari last Thursday visited the players in camp and urged them to maintain the right spirit that will see them qualify for the 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup.

He later boosted their morale with a donation of N250,000 to them.

Nigeria will meet the winner of the Mali/Congo DR encounter next month. The winner will be among the 16 teams at the 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup in Japan in August.

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