By Ekikere Udofia
A repeat fixture of the 2016 Africa Women Cup Of Nations final battle is set to be displayed again but this time in the semis of the 2018 edition.
It will be Nigeria vs Cameroon at the Accra sports stadium on Tuesday and readiness, preparations and financial motivation has been the order of the day for the eight-time winners as confirmed by some players in the team.
“We are going to give all we have to qualify for the final. You can see in our second and third games, the girls are happy because we have all the support needed from the NFF. We will do our best in return to make Nigerians happy,” Rita Chikwelu said.
“Cameroon is a very strong team. All my players know that. We are expecting to have a very tough game but with our preparation and hard work, I believe the game is going to be ours. I know we are going to get a tough fight from them but we are ready for it. I think for now we are 100 percent motivated by the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and even the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians so we are 100 percent ready for the game,” said Onome Ebi
“It’s going to be a very difficult game obviously. They are a very good side and difficult side to play but to be honest everything is good, the girls are in good condition and then we thank the Federation, President and Nigerians as well as the secretariat who has been making sure this camp has been in order so far. In terms of players bonuses, everything is in order so far and come Tuesday everyone is ready to give 100 percent,” Asisat Oshoala added.
“I don’t know much about them (Cameroon) but I know they have lots of professionals just like Nigeria. They are more physical, experienced as well. They are a tough team to beat. I really don’t want to know much about them till we get into the pitch on Tuesday.
“For the two games we won, everything is settled financially so that’s the motivation. We are here to win because when you win, you have money in your pocket.
Thank you Mr. President, NFF for taking care of us. The environment, discipline, organizers, officials, everyone is cool. Thank you and we love you all,” Francisca Ordega said.
In the semifinal stage (knockout stage), extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where penalty shoot-out alone is used to decide the winner if necessary.