Oluremi Tinubu, Nigeria’s First Lady along with top government officials will host a send-forth dinner for the Super Falcons of Nigeria ahead of the team’s departure for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Austria and New Zealand.
The women’s World Cup is billed to hold between July 20 to August 20.
This was contained in a statement issued by NFF Head of Communications, Ademola Olajire, noting that the dinner, organised by the country’s football body, will take place on Saturday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The statement read, “We are expecting the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Ismaila Abubakar, as well as other top sports officials.
“A good number of the team as well as technical and administrative officials are expected alongside the rank and file of the NFF led by the President, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, and the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.
“The event at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel will also attract corporate chieftains, members of the diplomatic corps, and a range of football stakeholders.
“On Sunday, the nine-time African champions will depart the shores of Nigeria for a 15-day camping programme in Australia, before they enter into camp for the tournament beginning from July 20 to Aug. 20.”
The Super Falcons are placed in Group ‘B’ alongside Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland, NAN reports.
The Nigerian side will play their first game against Canada, at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium, on July 21 before locking horns with Australia and the Republic of Ireland on July 27 and July 31, respectively, at Lang Park in Brisbane.
According to NAN, the tournament will be the biggest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in history, as it would feature 32 teams – the same number witnessed in the men’s finals in Qatar last year.
The tournament will also be the first to be hosted by two countries as well as the first-ever FIFA senior competition to be hosted by two nations in two different confederations: Australia in the Asian confederation and New Zealand in Oceania.
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