2021 AWCON Qualifier: Pinnick Confident of Super Falcons Qualification

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2021 AWCON Qualifier: Pinnick Confident of Super Falcons Qualification
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has expressed optimism that the Super Falcons would secure a place at the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations, AWCON, by beating Ghana in the first round of the qualifiers.

The Super Falcons are scheduled to battle Ghana in the first round of the qualifiers for the tournament that it is billed to kick off from July 2 to 23 next year.

Falcons with nine titles in eleven appearances are favourites to proceed to the finale given their outstanding record in the continent.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Sports, Pinnick said that although the Ghanaian side is tough to beat; the Super Falcons would, however, scale through going by their level of preparedness.

He said, “We are not going to joke with the Qualifiers because we are playing Ghana. We are going to take it very seriously because we want to retain the title.”

“We have gone beyond what we normally comprehend. We can easily beat a team 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-0, not anymore because there is a lot.

“Going by the last Women’s training in Ijebu-Ode, I saw the quality of our girls. They played well and that gave me a lot of hope.”

If the Falcons are successful in their encounter against the Black Queens of Ghana, the Randy Waldrum girls will face the winner between Niger and Ivory Coast to qualify for the tournament proper.

The qualifiers will span three rounds with home and away matches starting in the FIFA international window — from June 7 to 15, 2021.

Aggregate winners will qualify to join Morocco, the host nation, in the final tournament.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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