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NFF lines up more friendly matches for Falcons, Eagles

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Super Falcons in Cyprus for friendly international towards the FIFA Women’s world cup in France 2019.<br />Photo/Twitter/AhmedfreshYusuf

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has approved more friendly games for the senior national teams, the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons ahead of their respectively international competitions this year.

While the Super Eagles will participate in the 2019 African Nations Cup scheduled for Egypt from June, the Super Falcons will participate in the FIFA Women World Cup billed to hold in France.

The Super Falcons have been involved in some international tune up games, including the recent Cyprus Cup, which featured teams from across the world, while the Super Eagles have revved up their preparation for the Nations Cup with some friendly games.

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Yesterday, the Super Eagles hosted Egypt in another friendly international at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Rising from its general meeting in Asaba on Monday, the NFF in a communiqué expressed its commitment to give maximum support to the progamme of the Super Eagles’ technical crew in its bid to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

It added, “the board approved that the Super Eagles play two more friendly matches during the FIFA–free window before the championship. Committee reiterated an earlier position that Nigeria national teams would always compete favourably for honours at major championships, and not attend simply to make up the number.

“In the same spirit of guaranteeing that Nigeria national teams perform creditably at major championships, the board approved a proposal that the Super Falcons should attend a tournament in Spain in the first week of April, and then take part in the WAFU Cup Tournament in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in May.

“It was also unanimously agreed that the team will have its final pre-World Cup camp at the same Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf that the Super Eagles made use of before flying to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.”

The also disclosed that it has started building mini secretariats and football facilities in the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. It explained the decision to build the facilities was “in line with the new thinking and focus of world football–governing body, FIFA with regards to laying less emphasis on building infrastructure and more on football pitches.”

Speaking after the executive commitee meeting, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said the federation resolved that on completion of the ongoing mini-secretariat projects in each of the 36 States and the FCT, the construction of two football pitches in teh same areas would commence apace.

“In the meantime, work would proceed quickly on the building of mini-secretariats for the next batch of selected beneficiary states as soon as the sponsors release the money for the project, expectedly before the end of March 2019.”

Pinnick announced the federation’s decision to immortalise its former Secretary General, the late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, who passed on recently, by naming the mini-secretariat being constructed in Osogbo, Osun State capital as Taiwo Ogunjobi Football House.

Ogunjobi was chairman of the Osun State Football Association before his demise.


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