The Super Falcons will fly out to Dakar on Tuesday for the first leg of their 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations final qualifying fixture against their Senegalese counterparts, the Nigeria Football Federation have announced.
The Senegalese Football Federation confirmed to the NFF that the first leg match will take place in Dakar on Friday, while the NFF have also confirmed Tuesday, 12 April for the return leg in Abuja.
Senegal defeated Guinea in the earlier round to earn the tie with the African champions, with the winners earning a slot at the 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations to be staged by Cameroon later this year.
Meanwhile, Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi has expressed confidence that the team will not only scale the Senegalese hurdle, but go ahead to successfully defend their African crown in Cameroon later in the year.
“Like I said before, we are the defending champions, and we just have to be really prepared so that we can remain on top. Most teams in Africa want to beat Nigeria, and we will not let that happen,” Omagbemi said.
In a chat with thenff.com, Omagbemi expressed happiness over the quality of players in the team after a warm-up game against FC Eaglenet of Lugbe, Abuja at the Package B of the FIFA Goal Project, which the Falcons won 1-0.
She added: “The way we are now, we are ready for Senegal. We are ready to go in there and do our best. The pool of players we have in camp now, if any of them is called upon to play, I am very sure that player will deliver.”