Izilien congratulates NFF on the Super Falcons 2022 Canadian Pre-Morocco Tour | The Guardian Nigeria News

Former Super Falcons coach Godwin Izilien says the women’s national football team need international friendlies against Canada to boost their confidence ahead of other commitments, including the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations women billed for Morocco.

The Super Falcons are touring the North American country and will play their first game on April 8.

Izilien, who praised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for organizing the tour, urged football fans to be patient with the women’s national team regardless of the outcome of the matches against Canada. He added that the Grade A matches will put the girls in top shape to take on other top teams around the world.

He also urged the NFF to continue to organize quality friendlies for the Falcons, saying such matches would put the reigning African champions on the right form for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2022.

“With this level of Grade A friendlies, I think the team will be more tactically organized and confident to take on bigger teams around the world,” he said.

Nigeria will face the reigning Olympic champions in two friendlies which will take place over three days in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria City. The two games will take place on Friday April 8 and Monday April 11 respectively.

Two players – defenders Onome Ebi and Glory Ogbonna – were among the contingent that left Nigeria on a Lufthansa Airline plane on Tuesday night and flew from Frankfurt to Vancouver yesterday. Other players will travel directly to Vancouver from their bases in Europe and the Americas.

Canada’s national women’s team are the defending champions of women’s Olympic football, having won the gold medal at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in August 2021, after beating Sweden on penalties after a draw 1 -1 after regular time and overtime.

The Super Falcons have won the African title nine times and recently qualified for the Women’s AFCON final to be held in Morocco this summer, following a 3-0 aggregate win against Ivory Coast in February. Newcomers Ifeoma Onumonu (in Abuja) and Esther Okoronkwo (in Abidjan) were behind the goals that avenged the Falcons’ elimination from the Tokyo Olympic race by the Ivorians.

The NFF said it organized the two-match tour against the Olympic champions as part of the Super Falcons’ preparations for the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

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