The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick is confident that the Super Falcons would emerge victorious in the Qualifier match against Ghana.
Super Falcons of Nigeria have been drawn to face Ghana in the first round of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.
Falcons, known to be the most successful team with nine titles in eleven editions, will once again compete for the first round of the coveted women’s AFCON title.
Pinnick who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sports admitted that although the Ghanaian side is tough to beat; the Super Falcons would, however, scale through going by their level of preparedness.
“We are not going to joke with the Qualifiers because we are playing Ghana. We are going to take it very seriously because we want to retain the title,” he said.
“We have gone beyond what we normally comprehend. We can easily beat a team 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-0, not anymore because there is a lot.
“Going by the last Women’s training in Ijebu-Ode, I saw the quality of our girls. They played well and that gave me a lot of hope.”
If the Falcons are successful in their encounter against the Black Queens of Ghana, the Randy Waldrum girls will face the winner between Niger and Ivory Coast to qualify for the tournament proper.
The qualifiers will span three rounds with home and away matches starting in the FIFA international window — from June 7 to 15, 2021.
Aggregate winners will qualify to join Morocco, the host nation, in the final tournament.
The tournament will then kick off from July 2 to 23 next year.
The Super Eagles on Sunday returned to the country after their 0-1 defeat of the Benin Republic in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
Jubril Gawat, a media aide to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, shared photos of the team on the Lagos waterways while returning to prepare for another clash with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Tuesday.
Although the three-time African champions had already booked their place in the competition billed for Cameroon before the match, Paul Onuachu’s 93rd-minute winner guaranteed Gernot Rohr’s men a top-of-the-table finish in Group L of the qualifying series.
A fourth consecutive goalless draw in the section seemed on the cards until giant substitute Onuachu reacted quickest when goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe blocked a Victor Osimhen shot in Porto-Novo.
Nigeria have 11 points, Benin seven, Sierra Leone four and Lesotho three going into the final round of qualifiers Tuesday.
While three-time African champions Nigeria host Lesotho in Lagos with only pride at stake, Cup of Nations qualification will be on the line when Sierra Leone confront Benin in Freetown.
Burkina Faso and Guinea qualified Wednesday for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next January, while Ethiopia trounced Madagascar 4-0 as matchday 5 kicked off.
The Burkinabe secured a place for the sixth time in their last seven attempts by forcing a 0-0 Group B draw away to Uganda near Kampala.
Uganda must avoid defeat in Malawi Monday to join Burkina Faso at the 24-team tournament, which has been delayed one year by the coronavirus pandemic.
Malawi kept hopes of a first Cup of Nations appearance since 2010 alive by edging South Sudan 1-0 through a Richard Mbulu goal in Sudan as the national stadium in Juba is being renovated.
Guinea booked a place from Group A by defeating already-qualified Mali 1-0 in Conakry via a goal from substitute Seydouba Soumah with 15 minutes remaining.
Burkina Faso and Guinea join defending champions Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and automatic qualifiers as hosts Cameroon in securing places, leaving 17 places up for grabs.
Ethiopia rose from third to first in Group K with an unexpectedly convincing triumph over Madagascar, who were the surprise side of the 2019 Cup of Nations in Egypt, reaching the quarter-finals as debutants.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday attended Super Eagles players’ training at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
Okowa during the visit to the players promised to reward them with the sum of $25,000 for every goal scored in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against South Africa.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Pinnick Amaju in response appreciated the governor for making the Stephen Keshi Stadium available for the Super Eagles to train.
He described the team as the “most disciplined, young and promising who are in the home of sports, Delta State.”
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr concerning the pitch said it is one of the best in the country. He also assured the governor of the commitment of the team to qualify for AFCON.
Super Eagles will face Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg on Saturday.
Those at training include goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Theophilus Afelokhai and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as well as defenders Olaoluwa Aina, Adeleye Aniyikaye, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, and Jamilu Collins.
The midfielders are Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, and Mikel Agu, while the forwards are Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success, and Samuel Chukwueze.
However, France – based forward Samuel Kalu is expected on Wednesday.
Despite leading the group, Nigeria need at least a draw from Saturday’s game to be sure of a slot at the next year’s continental tournament.
The Confederation Of African Football (CAF) has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding and lack of security during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.
On March 29, the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the match was thrown open for football fans causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.
Rising from their disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African football governing body handed down the fine, while threatening further sanctions if there was a similar incident in future games.
The game ended in a 1-1 with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.
Meanwhile, the CAF disciplinary committee has also fined Egypt’s FA 5,000 dollars because of the excessive use of lasers during the return leg fixture against Nigeria.
The incident occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification return leg clash in Alexandria.
The Pharaohs won the game 1-0 and ended Nigeria’s hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.
Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.
The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.
The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.
Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.
The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.
The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.
Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.
The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.
Super Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.
Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.
He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.
The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.
The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.
The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.
Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.
The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.
Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.