NFF explain Falcons jersey embarrassment

The Nigeria Football Federation has lamented the loss of a whole carton of white jerseys of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, on transit as the team traveled to Equatorial Guinea for the 8th African Women Championship finals.

Speaking in Bata on Monday, after the Falcons’ deserved 2-1 defeat of the Lionesses of Cameroon at the Nkoantoma Stadium, NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mohammed Sanusi said the non-arrival of the carton added to the depression of Nigerian team officials at African women football’s flagship tournament.

“We arrived in Malabo to poor treatment, had to found a way to connect to Bata, were rushed into a low-quality hotel and then discovered, after changing hotel, that a whole carton of white jerseys meant for the team had got missing on transit.

“It was a demoralizing situation and we just had to find a way to keep it away from the players until after the match against Cameroon. Thank God, the girls went out to secure victory.

“Since arriving in Equatorial Guinea, we have had to face a litany of troubles, but the Nigerian spirit doesn’t die and that is why the team is determined more than ever to crush every opposition on the way to retaining the title,” Sanusi concluded.

The Falcons scored first through midfielder Onyinyechi Ohadugha before the Cameroonians equalized through a controversial penalty kick. Perpetua Nkwocha, four-time African Woman Player of the Year and top scorer at the last edition of the competition in South Africa two years ago, had the last laugh with a spectacular diving header in the 89th minute that sealed the three points for the Cup holders.

The Falcons put on jerseys with their names and numbers written with an ink pen and following the heavy downpour before and during the game against Cameroon the names and numbers of Perpetua Nkwocha and some others washed away.

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