AWC: MAIGARI SENDS SALLAH RAMS TO FALCONS
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has sent Sallah gifts to the Super Falcons in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, where they are defending their African Women Championship title.
Maigari gave the team two rams for the celebration, which took place last week, but the officials and players had to wait till Tuesday to mark the occasion.
NFF Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, presented the gift, on behalf of the president, to team captain Precious Dede.
'We would have presented the gifts to the players sooner but we landed in Bata on Sallah day amidst many issues, and after that we had to focus on our match against Cameroon, which is why we had to celebrate it today (Tuesday).'
The rams were dropped at the Nigerian High Commission in Bata where they were grilled, to the delight of the team. The High Commission capitalised on that opportunity and hosted the Falcons to a dinner.
Speaking at the event, The Nigerian Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, B.S. Bassey, commended the Falcons for their 2-1 victory over the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in their opening game of the AWC.
'I congratulate the team on their performance against Cameroon despite the poor state of the pitch. It was a great display but I will like to advise you not to get carried away because you are the defending champions.'
Captain Precious Dede spoke on behalf of the team and thanked the embassy officials for their hospitality.
'I would like to thank the president of NFF and the Ambassador for their care. The food, especially the fufu, will go a long way to energise us for our next game. We promise Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea and back home that we will do even better in our next game.'
The Falcons will play Ethiopia on Thursday at 5.30pm (Nigerian time) at the Nkoantoma stadium in Bata.