This Day (Lagos)

20 May 2012

Nigeria: NFF Hails Falconets, Urges Patience for Re-Building Process

Photo: The Vanguard
The Super Falcons celebrate.

The Nigeria Football Federation has commended the Super Falconets, for leaving no one in doubt as to its potency when earning a FIFA World Cup berth in Kinshasa on Saturday.

On behalf of the NFF Executive Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama, Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee, said on Sunday that the feat of the Falconets gives credence to the re-building process of the NFF.

"The performance of the Falconets over the two legs was excellent. They had earlier dismissed Zimbabwe in similar fashion, scoring six goals and conceding none in their fixture. Against DR Congo, they scored seven goals and conceded none.

"We are very happy with the Falconets, just as we are with the Flamingoes, which earlier qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup finals in Azerbaijan. This is what the NFF has been saying: In an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, our football will go places.

"The NFF urges patience on the part of Nigerians, while it continues to work hard to take our football to the next level," said Inyama.

The Falconets on Saturday at the Stade d'Martrys in Kinshasa dismissed their DR Congo counterparts 3-0 in front of home fans.

In its own qualification race, the Flamingoes hammered Kenya and Zambia home and away to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 World Cup slated for Azerbaijan in September/October.

The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup finals will be held in Japan August/September.

Presently, the NFF is working hard to get other National Teams into good and great shapes for upcoming international engagements, including invitational tournaments, continental and global championship qualifiers.

On Sunday, the Super Eagles finally departed for Lima, Peru for an international friendly match scheduled for

Wednesday, after their flight was cancelled on Saturday night following the discovery of a drug courier on board.

The team is expected to arrive in Lima on Monday evening.

The friendly is part of an integrated programme to prepare the team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Nations Cup qualifying matches coming up next month.

On Monday, the Flying Eagles, will travel to Cape

Town, South Africa for an Eight-Nation Invitational Tournament that will also welcome Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Japan, Kenya and the host nation. The tournament, for which Nigeria is defending champion after winning the inaugural event in 2010, is meant to grill the new team being prepared by Coach John Obuh for the qualification series of next year's African Youth Championship. Nigeria is reigning champions of Africa.

The Flying Eagles clash with Tanzania in the second round of qualifying series in July, with the first leg away in Dar es Salaam.

On Tuesday in Abuja, Super Falcons' Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana will unveil his team for the African Women Championship qualifying fixture against Zimbabwe in Harare. It is the only fixture the Falcons, who are also reigning champions of Africa, have to go through before qualification for this year's African Women Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

The Falcons fly out of Nigeria on Wednesday for the first leg coming up in Harare on May 26.

On Wednesday in Lagos, the camp of the Futsal National Team will open for intensive preparation ahead of the final African qualifying fixture for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup finals, in which the Futsal Eagles face perennial African champions, Egypt.

The Futsal Eagles play the first leg away in Cairo on June 8.

In Calabar, the Golden Eaglets, continues to bubble as the 40-man playing personnel continues to show great promise, with wide-margin wins in friendlies. The team will play against a Nanka Team in Anambra State on May 27, in a match that will open a new, multi-million naira stadium in that town.

The Eaglets will take on Niger Republic in the first round of their 2013 African Junior Championship qualifying series in September.

The U-15 National Boys' Team is also perfecting strategies and general preparation for the Eight-Nation Adidas U-15 Tournament taking place in Mexico in June. The team will have its final training camp in Lokoja beginning this week.

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