The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised to reward players of the national women’s team, the Super Falcons, with $10,000 each if they beat their South African counterparts on Saturday.
The Nigerian ladies have successfully clinched their 2019 FIFA World Cup spot after they defeated Cameroon in the semifinal of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON), and are a game away from winning the title.
Falcons kicked off their campaign with a disappointing 1-0 loss against the Banyana Banyana, and are set to take them up again in their quest for a third consecutive title this weekend.
Speaking to the team in Ghana, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, encouraged the girls to go for gold, before promising the cash gift for their efforts.
The team had earned $3,000 for every win in the group phase, and had been earmarked for $5,000 each for victory in the final. But as a form of boost, Pinnick has doubled the bounty.
“I want to let you know that the government and the good and great people of Nigeria are happy with your performance in the championship so far. They are looking forward to you retaining the trophy by beating South Africa on Saturday.
“Let me commend the lofty commitment, dedication and resilience that you have displayed so far in the championship, alongside that unique Nigerian spirit that was mostly in evidence against the Cameroonians in the semi-final.
“You are indeed true champions, and we believe you will retain the Cup on Saturday. Go out there and win on Saturday and earn yourselves $10,000 each, as against the $5,000 that the NFF earlier promised,” Pinnick said.
The Super Falcons have dominated the CAF Women’s championship since its inception in 1998. They have won eight of the 10 titles since then.
The Thomas Dennerby side will be gunning for their 9th title when they face South Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on Saturday.
The time for the clash is 5:00p.m local time.
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