Female youth national team, Falconets’ coach, Christopher Danjuma has declared that players in the senior squad, Super Falcons know what it means to play at the Olympic Games, hence his view that they will play with everything they have and eventually pick a ticket for Tokyo 2020.
Speaking ahead of the Falcons’ final qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire, Danjuma, who is currently working as the team’s interim coach, said he is expecting nothing short of victory, considering that all the players are ambitious to their personal career and they want to make Nigeria proud.
World football governing body, FIFA earlier directed that both legs of the qualifying fixture must be concluded between 30th of September and October 8th, after which Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) picked Sunday, October 6th for the return leg at Agege Stadium, Lagos.
The Falcons will now hope to make the best of playing at the same venue that hosted the return leg of their victory over Algeria in the earlier round, which they won by a lone goal to edge ahead 3-0 overall and next meet Cote d’Ivoire, who also emerged 3-0 aggregate winners over Mali.
After taking charge of the Falcons in the absence of the team’s Swedish tactician, Thomas Dennerby, who has reportedly dumped the team unceremoniously, following a disagreement with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Danjuma added that he and other members of the crew are focusing on mental and physical aspects of building the players for the task ahead.
Danjuma posited: “The team just needs to stay fully focused. They should take it one game at a time, and they will qualify, by the Grace of God.
“Cote d’Ivoire are a good team, but our players know what is at stake, and I believe they want to play at the Olympics. Our preparations have been great. That is why I am sure we will overcome Cote d’Ivoire and make it to Tokyo.
“We are also concentrating on the psyche, the physical fitness, tactical and technical ability of the team. The ultimate target is simply to qualify for the Olympics. Everyone knows how important it is to qualify for the Olympic Games.
“We are taking the match against Cote d’ Ivoire very seriously, but it`s one step at a time. We have to go past the Ivorians before we meet other opponents. Any country playing against Nigeria gets prepared. So, we have been working on our mentality which is an area they will likely intimidate us.”