First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has urged the Super Falcons of Nigeria not to dwell on their elimination from the 2016 Olympics qualifying race by Equatorial Guinea in Bata on Sunday, especially with the All-Africa Games is around the corner.
It is the second time in a row that the African Champions are failing to qualify for the Women Football Tournament of the Olympic Games and some Nigerians are yet to deal with their unfortunate ouster, but Akinwunmi who received the girls on their arrival in Lagos on Tuesday, has told them “there is no time to remain sad and demoralized”.
“You have been eliminated from the Olympics race, but don’t forget that the All-Africa Games is next month, and also the qualifiers for the 2016 African Women Championship in Cameroon, for which you are the defending champions, will soon start.
“So, there is no time to remain sad and demoralized. You have to forget the experience in Bata and concentrate on the challenges ahead. The NFF is there to give you all the necessary support.”
Coach Chris Danjuma has already announced a one-week break for the team. They regroup afterwards to begin preparations for the Women’s Football Tournament of the 11th All-Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville early next month.
The Falcons lost 1-2 in extra time to Equatorial Guinea in the third round, second leg of the Olympics qualifiers; the first leg had ended 1-1.
Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea will now play the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the final round, while Cameroon will play Cote d’Ivoire for Africa’s two tickets to the Women’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.