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Adepoju urges Falcons,Flamingoes to step up preparations


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Former Super Eagles star, Mutiu Adepoju, has urged the senior women national team, Super Falcons, and the U-17 side, Flamingoes, to intensify preparations for the forthcoming Africa Women Nations Cup (AWCON) taking place in Cameroun and the Women U-17 World Cup slated to kick off in Jordan on September 30.

Adepoju, who said success in the two championships could go some way in placating Nigerians following the failures in recent male championships, added that the teams would only succeed if they worked hard.

Adepoju, who is also a member of the NFF Technical Committee, noted that the teams needed to focus on winning the tournaments to also boost the standard of women soccer in the country.

The former Racing Santander of Spain star declared that the Flamingoes have what it takes to come out victorious in Jordan if the best players were picked for the tournament. But he called on Nigerians to support the teams with prayer, saying that the Falcons and Flamingoes would restore Nigeria’s pride in football.

The Falcons and Flamingoes need to step up preparations to excel in the Women Championships. Looking at the previous outings of the girls in international tournaments, our female teams have been excellent. The two teams have to fight hard in Cameroun and Jordan to maintain this feat. Nigeria has abundant female talents that can give any team a big fight. All the girls need is the type of assistance given to their male counterparts and they would surly fly,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Flamingoes will jet out for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Jordan on Monday, officials have disclosed.The women’s U17s build-up for Jordan 2016 has been limited to test matches against local sides in Abuja.A planned international warm-up against fellow qualifiers Ghana or Cameroun did not see the light of day.

The Flamingoes, under coach Bala Nikyu, will open their campaign on Nigeria’s Independence Day, October 1, against Brazil.They will also tackle England and North Korea in the first round.The Nigeria girls have reached the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups.

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