By Ekikere Udofia
Members
of Nigeria’s Women National Team, the Super Falcons have tendered apologies to Nigerians
over their performances against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the Africa
Women Cup of Nations, AWCON.
The
Super Falcons lost 1-0 but it was the performance of the girls that irked
Nigerians the most leading to outcry on social and traditional media.
On
Monday afternoon, members of the team, during the pre-march press conference
ahead of their game against Zambia on Wednesday, reassured Nigerians that they
will put up better performances in their subsequent games of the group phase.
“We
are disappointed from yesterday but we can promise everybody that we will do
whatever it takes to win the next game and we will fight very hard.
“It
starts on Wednesday with a win against Zambia,” the coach, Thomas Dennerby
said.
Defender,
Onome Ebi personally apologized for the loss, reassuring that the Falcons will
eventually win the Cup.
“To
Nigerians we are very sorry for the loss. The players were down but now we have
motivated ourselves.
“Don’t
give up on us, keep praying for us because we are not leaving here without the
Cup,” Ebi said.

China based Asisat Oshoala was convinced their allowances paid a few days ago
would be a big motivation for them.
“It’s
a big tournament, every department is working hard to make sure everything is
in perfect condition for the girls.
“We
got paid two to three days ago and the girls are happy. It’s a means of
motivation for the team,” Asisat said.

Meanwhile Rita Chikwelu who picked up a knock during the game confirmed she’s
100 percent ready for the next match.
It
was Rasheedat Ajibade’s debut for the National Team and she looked beyond the
loss to express her excitement.
“For
it, I see it as an opportunity to show my talent and I know I will get better
with every game I play.”

A history of Nigeria v Zambia
Nigeria
and Zambia met at the group phase of this same championship in 2014, with the
South Africans recording their biggest defeat ever 6-0 inflicted on them by the
Falcons.

At least seven of those players in the game in 2014 are in the present day squad
in this year’s tournament, the goalkeeper Natasha, Anita Mulenga, Rachael, Mwakapila,
Grace Zulu, Mubanga and star player Barbra Banda who is eligible to play having
sat out the first game due to suspension.
For
Nigeria, Nine of the players in 2014 edition made it to this tournament, Osinachi
Ohale, Ngozi Ebere, Onome Ebi, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega,
Halimatu Ayinde, Josephine Chukwunonye and Ngozi Okobi.
Nigeria
face Zambia on Wednesday November 21,2018 at 4:30pm Nigerian time at the Cape
Coast Stadium.

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