Foremost women football administrator and President of NWFL Premiership Club, Naija Ratels FC, Barrister Paul Edeh has tipped the Super Falcons to beat their Ivorian Counterpart when the two West African sides meet in the final phase of the African Women Cup Of Nations.
Edeh, who was present at the Super Falcons Camp on Friday, said that he is impressed with the quality of players and tactics adopted by the manager of the team and expects the home-based and foreign based players to combine very well ahead of final phase of qualifiers for AWCON.
The Abuja based Legal Luminary also praised the NFF for giving the NWFL Premiership players the chance to show what they can do at the National team level, stating that it is a commendable for the National Football body to invite fifteen players to camp.
“I must express my sincere gratitude to the NFF for considering to ensure the Foreign players are invited in equal proportion with our home-based players.
“There has been a great improvement in terms of blending between the two, and you can hardly differentiate between the local and foreign based players.
“I also noticed that the experience of those who are coming from across the shores of Nigeria is also rubbing off on the local based players, improving the tenacity in speed and I can clearly say that the Super Falcons will be a team to beat in the qualifiers.
“Most of these players are not strange to me, except for a few of them who are based abroad. Every player you see here today came from the NWFL Premiership and I must also commend the courageous leadership of Aisha Falode, striving to promote the status of our league, if not for the development of the league in the last few years, the 15 players invited to the Super Falcons, wouldn’t have been.
When asked about his thoughts on the chances of the Super Falcons against their Ivorian Counterpart, the United Nations Peace Ambassador was clearly optimistic and said: “The basis for that comparison will be for me to have watched their training (CIV). I think the Super Falcons are ready, but it’s going to take sometime for us to blend and I know within a matter of days, we would get a perfect team to beat the Ivorians. I am confident we would be victorious over them.