NFF approves Turkey, Morocco Trips for Super Falcons; okays Golden Eaglets’ WAFU Tourney participation

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GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Team of Nigeria poses for a group photo during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Germany and Nigeria at Stade des Alpes on June 22, 2019 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has rubber stamped the participation of the Super Falcons at a tournament in Turkey and friendlies in Morocco as a way of reviving the senior women’s national team after long inactivity.

Super Falcons have been starved of friendlies with only a couple of games played since they won the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana in 2018 but Amaju Pinnick and the NFF Executive Committee has ratified the proposal submitted by the Technical and Development Sub Commitee which will see Falcons play in a tournament in Turkey in February and also hit Morocco for a two legged encounter with the Atlas Lionesses.

The Football House which had Executive Council Meeting in Abeokuta on Tuesday also resolved that the Golden Eaglets should be allowed to take part in the WAFU B Under 17 Championship in Benin Republic with a view to qualifying for the CAF Under 17 Championship despite FIFA’s cencellation of the cadet World Cup due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As a way of getting the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, busy in a period of long inactivity occasioned by the postponement of the 12th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations to year 2022, the Executive Committee approved a proposal by its Technical and Development Sub-Committee for the team to participate in a tournament in Turkey and two-match tour of Morocco in February 2021,” the communique as presented to www.dasportstainment247.com.

“Despite the cancellation of the 2021 FIFA U17 World Cup finals by the world football –governing body, the Executive Committee resolved to allow the U17 Boys National Team, Golden Eaglets, to participate in the upcoming WAFU B Tournament with a view to qualifying for the 2021 Africa U17 Cup of Nations, as it sees the youth tournaments as developmental programmes for the purpose of discovering talents for the senior teams.”

The media was recently awashed with reports that the Golden Eaglets under the tutelage of Fatai Amoo may be forced to withdraw from the forthcoming WA FUD B Under 17 Championship after FIFA cancelled the cadet World Cup initially shifted from 2020 to 2021 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 with devastating effect worldwide.

NFF in the communique issued at the end of the meeting argued that it was important for the Golden Eaglets to attend as the two tournaments will continue the developmental programmes meant for the discovering of talents for the senior teams.

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