AWCON Final: NFF Double Super Falcons Bonus ahead of Banyana clash

AWCON Final: NFF Double Super Falcons Bonus ahead of Banyana clash

The Nigeria Football Federation has opted to double the winning bonus of the Super Falcons as a big incentive to win Saturday's crucial final of the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Accra.

President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, made the promise when he met with the players and officials at the AH Hotel, Accra on Thursday, as he delivered the good wishes of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and the football-loving populace of Nigeria to the Cup holders.

The Falcons had earned $3,000 for a win in the group phase but were allotted $5,000 each for victory in the Final.

“I want to let you know that the Government and the good and great people of Nigeria are happy with your performance in the championship so far. They are looking forward to you retaining the trophy by beating South Africa on Saturday.

“Let me commend the lofty commitment, dedication and resilience that you have displayed so far in the championship, alongside that unique Nigerian spirit that was most in evidence against the Cameroonians in the semi-final.

The two captains, Onome Ebi and Rita Chikwelu on behalf of the team expressed appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the NFF, the Nigeria media and football -loving Nigerians at home and in the diaspora for their support to the team, and vowed that they will defeat the Banyana Banyana in Saturday's final in order to return to Nigeria with the trophy.

Nigeria defeated South Africa 2-0 in the final of the second edition of the competition in Johannesburg in 2000, to retain the Cup they had won at the inaugural edition in Nigeria two years earlier.

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