6th July, 2022
By Georgina Adegbie
George Shitta, the Taraba Director of Sports, says Super Falcons can make Nigeria proud again in the ongoing 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
This is coming after the team’s unimpressive opening match against South Africa.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons lost 1-2 to Banyana Banyana in their first Group C opener on Monday.
According to Shitta, the team needed to start full preparations to be ready when they take on Botswana and Burundi in their remaining group matches.
The director urged the technical crew to do the needful before the next match.
“They need to fortify every department of their game and ensure that no stone is left unturned.
“Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should encourage them and do the necessary things to boost their morale.
“Super Falcons will make us proud again; they will return home with the trophy for the 10th time and I believe in them,” the Director of Sports said.
Shitta said South Africa has been our perpetual rival in all our previous encounters in WAFCON.
“We all wanted to win the match, but this means that the South African team is more prepared than our team. Our players need to put more effort into their subsequent games and listen to the instructions of their coaches.
“We cannot totally blame these girls, they tried their best even though it was not to our advantage. What we need to do now as a nation is to encourage them and if possible pray for them; that is the most important thing they need from us,” he said.
Nigeria will face Botswana on Thursday and Burundi on July 10, in their Group C fixture at the Prince Heritier Moulay Hassan Stadium.