Super Falcons of Nigeria have declared that their focus remains to retain the trophy of the Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).
This is following their 1-2 loss to the Bayana Bayana of South Africa in their group’s opening match at the championship.
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Glory Ogbonna, an ace defender, stated this when she spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday from the team’s camp in Morocco.
She said that the Falcons’ loss to South Africa was not deliberate as they went into the game with the determination to win.
“We never planned to lose that game because we were all determined to defeat them as we usually do.
“Whatever must have happened in that game is in the past. We have sat and reviewed the match against South Africa and we will work on our little mistakes in our next game.
“Perhaps, we are yet again going to witness what happened in Ghana in 2018 when the same team defeated us in the first game and we still went ahead to win the trophy.
“We are not disturbed by this loss, the competition is not over for us, it is for us to learn from our mistakes and adjust accordingly in our next game.
“We are not under any pressure and the mood in the camp is a very relaxed one and concentrating on our next game” she stated.
The 2022 WAFCON got underway on Saturday with the Nigeria team having their first feel of the competition on Monday against South Africa which they lost 2-1.
Falcons are drawn in Group C with South Africa and debutant Botswana and Burundi.
The four semi-finalists in the competition will compete at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Falcons have won nine out of 11 past editions of the competition. (NAN)