As the Super Falcons battle South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the semi final of the African Women Championship in Namibia Wednesday, Sports Minister and Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has urged them never to lower their guard until the World Cup ticket and trophy are in their kitty.
The Falcons who have won six out of the seven titles competed by the continent’s senior national teams lost the 2012 title to Equatorial Guinea when they were handled by Coach Kadiri Ikhana.
On the way to the semi final, the Falcons won all their group matches, beating Cote d’Ivoire 4-2, Zambia 6-0 and host Namibia 2-0, garnering the maximum nine points. A win against South Africa assures them a ticket to the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year in Canada.
“The Falcons have shown that they are truly African Champions and are ready to reclaim their title. I urge them to continue winning their matches until the World Cup ticket and the trophy is won”, Dr. Danagogo said.
He reiterated President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to continue to reward deserving Nigerian athletes, stressing, “I am ready to take them to Mr. President to reward them for bringing honour to the country.”
Cameroon who topped Group B of the competition will take on Cote d’Ivoire who placed second behind the Falcons in the second semi final.
The two semi final winners qualify automatically for the World Cup and vie for the trophy while the losers will battle for the third ticket in the third place match final on Saturday
AWC: Aim for the trophy, Danagogo charges Falcons