By Bushrah Yusuf
The senior female National football team, Super Falcons, left Nigeria on Wednesday for the 2016 African Women Championship to defend the Women Africa Cup of Nations title.
Ademola Olajire, the Acting Director of Communication of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) disclosed this in a statement.
The tournament will hold from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3 and the Super Falcons have been drawn in Group B with Ghana, Mali and Kenya.
Olajire said the contingent of 21 players and officials flew out of Abuja to Lagos in the morning, and then travelled from Lagos to Douala by an ASKY Airline flight on Wednesday afternoon.
He said that hours before the team’s departure for Cameroon, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, was at the team’s camp to offer words of motivation and encouragement.
“We are totally behind you and we cherish you as much as we cherish all other teams, and we are always proud about all you have achieved which remains a record in Africa.
“So, we are hopeful that you will remain the champions of Africa after the finals in Cameroon.
“I want to assure you that we respect you and will do all we can to meet your needs in spite of the financial challenges we have presently.
“We do not take you for granted and I promise that we will always treat you as the champions that you are.
“Hopefully, our financial situation will improve very soon and we will be able to practically demonstrate how much we treasure you”, the NFF president said.