Less than 48 hours to the WAFCON qualifying game between the Super Falcons and their counterpart from Cape Verde, Justin Madugu, coach of the team has said that it will not be a stroll in the park for the 9 – time African champions, reports www.totorinews.com.
Madugu noted that women’s football is fast developing in Africa and teams like Cape Verde have improved tremendously within the past few years due to the massive investment in the development of football in the island nation in West Africa, adding that, names no longer play football.
“Gone at the days when people play football with names and when you hear of a particular country, people assume that the country is not a footballing nation without knowing how much they have invested to develop their football,” Madugu told www.totorinews.com in Abuja.
“Over the years, Cape Verde have done a lot, they have improved and invested heavily into women’s football.
“The first major tournament they participated in was the WAFU A women’s tournament in 2020 and they came 4th in that very tournament.
“This year again, Cape Verde did well at the WAFU A women’s tournament where they lost to Senegal 1-0 in the final. The goal was scored from the penalty spot. This shows that the team can be very difficult to beat.
“People don’t realise that a lot of their players are professionals. 11 of them play in Portugal. Cape Verde have gained experience and their home based players are from the two major teams in the country.
“So, they have the knowledge of being together for a while. Definitely, Super Falcons will not take Cape Verde for granted.
“Certainly, if you underate any team in Africa, you will do that to your own peril,” he concluded. The game is billed to kick off 4pm at the Moshood Abiola national stadium in Abuja on Thursday.
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