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Falcons Get N80m World Cup Incentive

Oladipo Okubanjo

Nigeria women’s senior national soccer team, the Super Falcons, would be compensated with the sum of $400, 000 (N80 million) should they get to the final of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed. Nigeria’s best achievement at the global tournament has been a quarter-final appearance at the 1999 competition in the United States.

The multiple African champions, the Super Falcons, face yet another huge task in this year’s event as they have to negotiate an intricate web of games in Group D featuring the United States, Sweden and Australia to advance to the knockout phase. But the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who was at the Falcons’ camp late Wednesday, promised the players a regime of incentives to motivate them to glory in Canada.

He said: “I am telling you girls in all sincerity. If you get to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, I am giving you $50,000 (N10 million). A spot in the semi finals will earn you the sum of $100,000 (N20 million) and if you get to the final, I am indebted to you to the sum of $250,000 (N50 million).

“I have absolute faith in you. You have done this nation proud on several occasions, winning seven African Women Championship titles out of nine editions. You are daughters of glory and I see you performing beyond expectation at the World Cup.”

The Falcons, who have been building up to the World Cup at their FIFA Goal Project training ground in Abuja under the watchful eyes of coach Edwin Okon, are expected to leave Nigeria on Tuesday for a 16-day training camp in Toronto, ahead of the tournament in Canada. Pinnick urged the team not to be intimidated by the soaring profile of the United States and other opponents at the World Cup, as the Super Falcons boast of equally awesome pedigree. “It will not be easy, but nothing good comes easy. Beautiful roses grow on thorny plants.

“You are going to play the likes of Sweden and the United States of America, powerhouses in women’s football. “But it should be in the back of your minds that Nigeria is also a powerhouse in women’s football, a serious one for that matter.

“There will be plenty of odds, but that’s an everyday thing in life. Odds are meant to propel you to go higher, move faster and become stronger,” said the NFF boss. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup holds from June 6 to July 5 in Canada, and the Super Falcons’ first game will be against the United States on June 8.

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