Nigeria’s Super Falcons are set to receive more rewards thanks to their Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) 2018 triumph in Ghana, with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, stating the title win will not be overlooked as various entities have queued up to host the team. Pinnick, while visiting the players at their hotel in Abuja alongside NFF General Secretary Sanusi Mohammed and Head of Female Football Ruth David, assured the Super Falcons that everything would happen after Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari hosts the team.
“Already our sponsors are lining up to host and honour you for your achievement, as some State Governors who have indicated their interest in hosting you, but all that will be after the President hosts you,” Pinnick stated. “I want to congratulate and also thank you once again for what you did on Saturday, making us all proud. You see, you displayed the quintessential Nigerian Spirit. You showed that the Nigerian flag strengthened you and that is why, even during the extra time, you were not tired.”
Also, the former Delta State FA Chief promised that the Federation will do everything possible to support the programme of Super Falcons’ coach Thomas Dennerby to ensure that the team does well at the 2019 World Cup in France. “We are already working with the coach who has submitted his plans for the World Cup to us. Also, I am talking to some European Federation presidents and the President of European Union Football Association, Aleksander Ceferin to secure friendly matches for the team in preparation for the World Cup,” Pinnick concluded.
The Super Falcons defeated South Africa on penalties to win their record ninth AWCON title and also qualified for the Women’s World Cup next year as a result, alongside Banyana Banyana who would be making their World Cup debut and the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon who would be making a second World Cup appearance in France.