Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana Ambassador Olufemi Michael Abikoye has charged the Super Falcons to go all out and win against the Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the final of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations on Saturday stating that thousands of Nigerian’s will be cheering them up at the stadium.
The ambassador speaking with footballlive.ng said he has seen them train and he believes his visit to the camp and that of other dignitaries including president of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick will be a source of motivation for them to bring back the trophy for the 9th time he said. “The Falcons have always been champions of Africa. They have won the tournament eight times and definitely we expect them to win again tomorrow.”
Amb Abikoye also stated that the Super Falcon’s win will go a long way in strengthening and fostering unity in Nigeria as football remains one of the biggest unifying factors in the country. “Football is like a religion in Nigeria. When it comes to the sport, everyone is on the same page.”
The Falcons played their group matches in Cape Coast with Nigerian fans in their hundreds trooping out to support them and the ambassador believes the final will be different as the commission has ensured that the Nigerian communities in Ghana will come out in their numbers to cheer the team to victory. ”The Nigerian community here is very large. Right from the group stage, fans have turned out en-masse at the Cape Coast. At the Nigerian High commission, what we have done is to ensure that Nigerian communities will be involved in giving maximum support to the players on Saturday.”
After winning the AWCON eight times out of ten, Ambassador Abikoye believes the girls will not miss the opportunity of getting revenge against South Africa and make Nigerians proud. “Picking the ticket for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France was a fantastic one but bring the trophy home will also be a good addition because the whole country, Mr President and others are waiting for them in Abuja to receive the trophy. That should serve as extra motivation.”