Aisha Falode © BellaNaija.com
Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) chairman, Aisha Falode has charged the Super Falcons to go for glory against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon at the 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon.
The Falcons will square up against their Central African rivals and neighbours in Saturday’s AWCON final at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Falode reminded the title holders that they have the capacity to wrestle their Cameroonian opponents to the ground at the final hurdle for the second successive time.
“I know that you have started feeling the atmosphere since you got to Yaoundé. By the time you will get to the stadium you will start feeling it more but you should not allow the atmosphere drive you.
“Let it add pressure to them while it spurs you to go on. There's nothing great as defeating people in their own home, in front of their home crowd,” the Caf Media Committee member told thenff.com .
Falode tasked the Falcons to think of Nigeria when they face Cameroon in the final rather than the host team.
“Play your own game, don’t be under any pressure. Give it your all. See Nigeria when you play, see the jersey that you are wearing when you play, see the passion of the people at home when you play and the millions of fans rooting for you back home,” said Falode.
The foremost sports journalist warned the Cup holders to completely disregard the record books while fighting with all of their hearts, reiterating that it is vital not to allow the expected capacity crowd to distort their game plan.
“Record means nothing. It is the record of now that means something. That is the record that I want you to push for.
“That you are the defending champions and that you are worthy of that name. When you get to the stadium don't see the crowd, see yourselves and see Nigeria as you play, and by the grace of God you will carry the day,” said Falode.
The 2016 AWCON final is a repeat of the 2015 game in Windhoek, Namibia where both sides faced off in the title match, which saw Nigeria triumph at the end of the day.