House of Representatives member and renowned women football promoter, Alhaja Ayo Omidiran has predicted that Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons will overcome the potent threat posed by Ghana in order to reach next year’s continental championship, megasportsarena.com reports.
Speaking against the backdrop of the Falcons’ ability to romp back from 2-0 down to force a 3-3 draw with Portugal in their second match at the WNT Summer Series Invitational Tournament in USA, Omidiran declared with glee that Randy Waldrum’s side remain a formidable force in African football.
The owner of once fearsome Omidiran Queens of Osogbo stressed that The Black Queens of Ghana cannot stop the 11-time and current continental champions from reaching the African Women’s Cup of Nations and subsequently qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She went further in predicting that the Falcons will even reach the last eight of the 2023 World Cup, as the leader of Nigerian delegation to the Summer Series in Texas, believes the squad will improve on their last outing, in which they ended in the round of 16 at France 2019.
The Falcons will have to go past their fellow-Anglophone West African rivals in October on their way to next year’s AWCON, which will serve as qualifiers for the World Cup, which is billed to hold Australia and New Zealand, but Omidiran insists there is no cause for alarm.
Omidiran, who also praised Waldrum for placing the Falcons on the right track and tasked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to put everything right for the team, added: “We shall qualify for the 2023 Women’s World irrespective of the hurdles ahead of us.
“Ghana Black Queens are a formidable side, but I can assure you that they cannot stop the Super Falcons from qualifying for the World Cup. We shall beat them and go ahead to do very well and reach at least the quarter-finals.
“In Waldrum, we have a fantastic coach who is very vast in women’s football management and he is ready to work and achieve goals.
“I believe with the quality of friendlies and engagements, the NFF are putting together for the national teams, the Super Falcons will be stronger.”