Nigeria’s female national team, the Super Falcons preparing for their crucial All Africa Games qualifier now rescheduled to hold on Friday April 10 have moved their training base to the Mainbowl of the Abuja National Stadium from the Goal Project astro turf.
The Nigeria Football Federation official website reports that Edwin Okon’s team trained for about two hours at the Main bowl on Wednesday with the coaches putting emphasis on the condition and fitness of the players, with a view to beating their Malian counterparts in the final AAG qualifier.
Okon said the girls fitness level must be right to beat the Malians, adding that after conditioning they would shift to match strategy and aspects of the game.
“We decided to shift our training to the Main Bowl to enable the girls get used to playing on natural grass after several months of training and playing on astro turf. They can play anywhere but we want them to get used to the stadium and pitch which is where we will play our match next week that is why we changed base” he stated.
The Super Falcons were forced to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the final qualifier in Bamako and need a victory in the game to guarantee a place in the 2015 All Africa Games in September.
On the rescheduling of the game earlier billed to be played on April 11, General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi told thenff.com that a letter to this effect has been sent to the Mali Football Federation for its information and necessary action.
The shift in date is not unconnected with the gubernatorial elections to be held on April 11 across Nigeria.