Connect with us

International Football

Player of the Match, Mercy Evawere Itimi declares:  “we want to bring the Cup to Nigeria”



Mercy Itimi

After the Moroccan, Tanzanian or even Congolese statement in bid for the title, the Nigerian side shares the same dream as Mercy Itimi says: “we want to bring the Cup to Nigeria”. The 16-year-old aims to achieve the impossible with Bayelsa Queens.

Voted “Woman of the match” against Wadi Degla, the Nigerian has only one goal on her mind: “To win this tournament and surf on the good results that Nigerian football is currently accumulating.

The Flamingos have just taken third place in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India, this time wanting the trophy and golden medal, Itimi said: “We have known everything in this tournament: defeat and victory. We started our African campaign very badly.

“Fortunately, after our first outing, the coach cheered us up and cheered us up (laughs). They told us that we play better and are better than that,” she disclosed.

The 16-year-old Falconet is determined to see her team’s name etched in the history of the CAF Women’s Champions League. We must remain very vigilant. We have the advantage of knowing the identity of our next opponent (AS Far), it is a great team, but Bayelsa Queens are also a great team. It’s going to be a great battle.”

The bets are on. Who will be the Moroccan team of AS Far or the Nigerian team of Bayelsa Queens in the final? The answer will be on 9 November.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

Continue Reading