Having given us a taste of what if feels like to be truly among the best teams in world female football, we Super Falcons fans are itching for more.
For most of us, nothing will make us happier than to see the Super Falcons qualify for the Olympics next summer whereupon we will see this generation of fabulous talents once again strut their stuff on a global stage.
So, although it’s Afcon qualifiers, although the opposition is Sao Tome and principe, every game now is important. Important because it will help the team prepare for the ultimate : Olympic qualifiers.
Whether it’s the NFF’s newly revamped Technical Committee or Randy Waldrum that compiled this list, it really doesn’t matter to me as I am satisfied with it by and large.
Undoubtedly though, some big hitters in the just concluded World Cup missed out, they will get their chance in future, I hope. World Cup heroes like Ashleigh Plumptre, Deborah Abiodun Halimat Ayinde, Esther Echegini, Francisca Ordega and Esther Okoronkwo are notable absentees from this list.
Unless their exclusion was due to unavoidable circumstances, it is understandable if they feel a bit hard done by due to their stellar performances in Australia.
But, to be honest, I welcome some of the new additions that I am conversant with.
Flourish Sabastine’s electric pace and dribbling abilities are well documented.
Esther Onyenezide’s vision, passing abilities and pitch-craft are a welcome addition. Nicole Payne and Jumoke Alani are versatile defenders while Opeyemi Ajakaye is a raw centre forward whose refinement will come in due time with games and exposure.
With the discipline infused into the team by Waldrum, this team have it in them to really push the envelope further in the next 12 months.
If the team goes far and eventually qualifies for the Olympics, then hardly 3 months will go by in the next 12 months without seeing the Super Falcons in action.
And with players like Isreal based Mercy Idoko, Watford’s Jumoke Arimoro, MK Dons’ Adekite Fatuga-Dada and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Macleans Chinonyerem waiting on the wings of the team, I can hardly wait for what the Super Falcons have to offer in coming games.
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