Football enthusiasts and the media are guaranteed a feast when Cup holders Nigeria and much-improved host nation Morocco Lock Horns in the second semi final match of the ongoing 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations competition in Rabat this night.
The stage is set for what should be an interesting, engaging and thrilling encounter at the Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah in Morocco’s administrative capital, as from 9pm, with a capacity crowd expected to goad on the Atlas Lionesses.
An intimidating cauldron and a highly-motivated opposition are among the challenges nine-time champions Nigeria would be up against tonight, but President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has urged the girls to think of Nigeria and their scores of millions of fans back home when they enter the pitch against the host nation.
“The match against Morocco will be perhaps the toughest hurdle for the Super Falcons here. However, I have told them to think of our country and the teeming support back home, and the Government that has shown them much love and encouragement.
“They must be dogged and exhibit as always, that unique Nigeria spirit that makes us to overcome challenges, hurdles and obstacles. I am confident that we will be in the Final on Saturday.”
Monday night’s spectacle will see the Falcons aim for their 10th Final Match of the Women AFCON, since the competition was launched as a biennial event in Nigeria 24 years ago. They have never failed to win a Final match, and victory over Cameroon on Thursday affirmed that they had never failed to reach the tournament’s last four.