The national senior women football team, the Super Falcons, will remain in camp throughout the Easter period, an official said on Tuesday.
The team’s Media Officer, Gracious Akujobi, said in a statement that none of the players would also be released for the weekend’s Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) week eight matches.
The statement quoted the team’s head coach, Edwin Okon, as saying that there was still much to do on the team.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team is preparing for an international friendly match against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, scheduled for April 29 in Abuja.
The friendly match is preparatory to the African Women Championship (AWC) qualifier against Rwanda.
“There will be no Easter break for any one of us. We shall all do the Easter on the pitch, because we want to focus on the matches ahead of us.
“And, no player will be released to her club,’’ the statement quoted the coach as saying.
It however said the coach hinted that the team would likely go on break after the friendly match against Cameroon.
“This is because we hope to use the Easter break to strategise and perfect plans for the matches ahead of us,” Okon said.
According to the statement, the coach was delighted at the players’ prompt response to training and said he could now pick the quality ones among them.
“I am happy at the response of the girls to training over the past three weeks and, having screened and assessed the players over a period, I can now pick the quality ones and start blending them to our style.
“I am elated that the team is gradually taking shape and by the time the players square up with the Indomitable Lionesses, we will know how far they have progressed,” it quoted Okon to have said.
The statement also said Okon promised to build a formidable team for the AWC qualifiers.
“I promise Nigerians that I will build a new Super Falcons and that is why I am happy that we have to play Cameroon before taking on Rwanda in the AWC qualifier.
“The match against Cameroon will be used to see how the players fit into match situations, teamwork and co-ordination,” Okon said.
The statement said the coach, however, called on the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to arrange more friendly matches for the team ahead of the fixture against Rwanda.
The Super Falcons will first travel to Rwanda for the first leg match between May 23 and May 25.
The return leg will be played in Nigeria between June 6 and June 8