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Don’t get carried away, minister tells Falconets

By John Egbokhan
Nigeria’s Minister of Sports and Chairman, Nation al Sports Commission (NSC), Sani Ndanusa, has warned the Falconets not to get swayed with their first leg victory over South Africa in an Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match.

Playing during the weekend at the Caledonia Stadium in Pretoria, The Nigerian girls romped to a 5-3 win against their hosts, a result that has put them in pole position for a World Cup ticket to Germany, with only one match left to play in a fortnight,  when they host the South Africans at the National Stadium in Abuja.

The triumph of the Falconets is coming at a time that many soccer observers, are yet to come to terms with the Eagles’ showing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

And speaking yesterday on the telephone, Ndanusa, has said that the job is only half way done, insisting that the girls must keep a low and calm profile ahead of the decisive second leg match in Abuja.

“They must stay focussed for the second leg match because they have not yet qualified. They must not think that they have arrived with this away victory. Rather, I urge them to put in the extra to ensure that they secure another convincing victory when the South Africans come calling”, said the boss of the NSC, who commended the team for braving the odds to grab victory in the Rainbow nation.

He promised that the Falconets would get the full support of the NSC in actualising the dream of a World Cup ticket and successful outing in Germany, hosts of the tournament.

“Our hand of support is always extended to the team and we promise to give them the total backing that they need to qualify for the World Cup and go on to do well at the tournament”, said Ndanusa.


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