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NFF vows to lift Super Falcons, other teams as Pinnick gets new FIFA role

THE Nigeria Football Federation has promised that it will invest more in the women’s game after recent impressive performances from the three women’s national teams.

While the Super Falcons have qualified for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and drew 2-2 with Olympic champions Canada in a friendly on Tuesday, the Falconets have also qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the Flamingos are on the verge of qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

NFG General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, praised the Super Falcons after Tuesday’s heroics, when they were few minutes from claiming a famous win.

“The NFF is very much impressed by the performance of the Super Falcons against Canada, not only in the second match, but also in the first match despite that they lost 0-2.

“That first match in Vancouver was played only a day after most of the players arrived in Canada due to delays in issuance of visa, and after long-haul flights. To battle the Olympic champions the way they did in their second game means we now have a team that can challenge the best teams in the world competitively on a good day.

“This is a very encouraging result and the NFF will not rest on its oars but will continue to invest even more in women’s football. The U-20 girls, Falconets, have recently qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup after four rounds of qualifying matches, and the Flamingos are also in hot chase for a ticket to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.”

The NFF has also made plans to have the Super Falcons camp in Morocco ahead of their participation in the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in July.

The championship, which the Falcons have won a record nine times, also serves as Africa’s qualifying tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with all four semi-finalists earning tickets to the event in Australia and New Zealand, which will be the first 32-team FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in history.

Meanwhile, NFF President Amaju Pinnick has been appointed into a new role within world football governing body FIFA.

In a letter dated 11 April and signed by Véron Mosengo-Omba, General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football, the NFF chief was informed that he has been nominated by CAF President, Dr Joseph Motsepe, to be part of the “newly established Working Group on Normalisation Committees.”

The CAF General Secretary wrote further: “This joint working group, to be led by FIFA, will analyse the applicable legal framework and the governance structure, mandate and mission of Normalisation Committees, and make suggestions to the FIFA Council accordingly.

“We are confident that your nomination to this working group will positively contribute to the pertinent, and often essential, role played by Normalisation Committees in support of federations and towards the fulfillment of good governance practices.”

Pinnick is also a FIFA Council member but he has announced he will not run for a third term as NFF president in September.

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