Atta Mills halts Falconets tour of Ghana


Nigeria’s under-20 women football team, the Falconets are heading back home after playing one of their two scheduled friendly internationals in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday.

The team are heading back home after a 2-3 loss to their Ghanaian counterparts, the Black Princesses, in their first match.

The Falconets had been scheduled to face the Black Princesses in the second match on Thursday, July 26.

But Ghana Football Association (GFA) had suspended all planned sporting activities for the week following Tuesday’s death of the country’s President, John Atta-Mills.

The Ghanaian president had died on Tuesday afternoon, leading to the suspension of many official activities in the country.

Musa Amadu, the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), confirmed to NAN in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the Falconets were cutting short their trip.

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“It is obvious that that is what has to happen, following recent developments in the country, and the situation the team has found itself,’’ he said.

Amadu said the team was being expected back in Nigeria on Wednesday or Thursday.

“It is all dependent on how soon they can get a flight back to Nigeria. We are hopeful this can be on Wednesday, but if not then we will be expecting them on Thursday,’’ he said.

The team had on Monday departed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos for Accra, where they were to play two friendly matches on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

It was part of their preparations for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for August in Japan.

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