Nigeria's Super Falcons change hotel in Bata

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ADEBOBOLA ALAWODE

Apparently not comfortable with the hotel given to them at the African Women Championship, AWC holding in Equatorial Guinea, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have moved from the Villa Celoti hotel to The Hotel La Paz in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

Director of Competitions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said the team was initially lodged in a place deemed unsuitable by the NFF hence the need for a change of enviroment.

According to him “The rooms in the Villa Celoti were very small, with poor ventilation. Also, the distance between players’ rooms was quite much and it made it difficult to manage the team.”

Dr. Sanusi, alongside officials from the Nigerian Consulate in Bata insisted on an alternative accommodation for the delegation, which was eventually achieved.

He said, “When we insisted that we were not staying there, they were not ready to listen to us. We brought our luggage out and when they saw that, the LOC swung into action, looked for another hotel which we inspected and got the required number of rooms.

“The team is settled now and they are raring to go. I have seen them in training and I am happy with the commitment of the players. I think the treatment they received in Equatorial Guinea has hardened them and made them more determined.”

Meanwhile chief coach Kadiri Ikhana has declared that the team will defeat The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in their opening game of the African Women’s Championship, AWC.

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The Cameroonian side defeated the Falcons on penalties in the 2nd leg of the London 2012 Olympics qualifiers, a defeat that meant the Nigerian side failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since women’s football was introduced in the Olympic Games.

“The loss to Cameroon is still fresh in our memory and it will remain there until we defeat them in a big tournament like this” said Ikhana.

Ikhana had coached the men’s national U-23 side and will make his debut in his first ever AWC as a coach when he leads the Falcons onto the field on Monday 29 October against Cameroon, an experience he says he is looking forward to.

“I am excited to be here and I am looking forward to the challenges of a big tournament like this. However, I will be more excited when Nigeria lifts the trophy on November 11. I am concentrating more on the tournament itself and ensuring that the women are ready for the task ahead.”

The Falcons have had two training sessions since arriving Equatorial Guinea on Thursday night and will train again by 2.30pm today, Sunday 28 October, at the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata, to have a feel of the pitch ahead of their game against Cameroon on 29 October by 2.30pm.

“The team has responded very well in training. The motivation from the Nigeria Football Federation has lifted their spirit and emotions, and they are ready to face Cameroon.
Ikhana went further to ask for support from all Nigerians as the team prepares to defend the title won in South Africa in 2010

“We need the spiritual support of all Nigerians and they should also believe that we are here to do them proud.”

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