SPORTS VETERAN, OGUFERE URGES SUPER FALCONS TO FIRE FULL CYLINDER

SPORTS VETERAN, OGUFERE URGES SUPER FALCONS TO FIRE FULL CYLINDER

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

 

Former president of the West African Football Union (WAFU), Chief Jonathan Ogufere has urged Nigeria’s Super Falcons not to relax their overwhelming hold of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

 

The Nigerian women side faces South Africa in the final match of the 11th edition of the competition in Accra this Saturday. Super Falcons have won eight of the previous 10 editions, including beating South Africa in the title match of 2000 in Johannesburg, he urged the team to dig deeper for yet another resounding victory.

The South Africans are in the final match for the fourth time ever but are yet to taste any victory. Apart from losing to Nigeria on their home soil in 2000, South Africa lost the 2008 final match to Equatorial Guinea in Malabo in 2008 and also in 2012.

 

The Super Falcons on the other hand have never lost any of the preceding eight final matches they have played. Yet, Ogufere who is the president of the Association of Sports Veterans of Nigeria and a former member of the then NFA urged the Falcons to avenge the 0-1 loss to South Africa in their opening Group B match two weeks ago.

 

He also urged the NFF board to give the team a better preparation than ever before as the squad also heads to the World Cup next year in France.

 

Chief Ogufere noted that the World Cup next year should be seen as a major project as the overwhelming dominance that the Super Falcons have in Africa is contradicted by appalling performances at the global stage.

 

Even though the team has never missed any of the previous World Cup finals, the best performance has been a quarterfinal slot it had 19 years ago in the US.

 

“It is time we showed the world that we are not Lilliputians”, remarked Chief Ogufere.

 

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