The Nigerian women’s U20 football team have been handed a cash gift of $1000 by a serving Nigerian senator.
The Falconets, as the U20 girls are called, were on their way to Morocco via Lagos when they came across senator Olusola Adeyeye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
Senator Adeyeye, who is the Chief Whip of the Senate and represents Osun Central, met with the two –time FIFA World Cup silver medallists while they were on their way to Lagos to connect a flight to Morocco for a 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match.
“I am delighted to see you ladies here. I am told you are going to Morocco. Go there and do the country proud as you have been doing. I believe you all possess the typical Nigerian spirit that will make you overpower your opponents,” Senator Adeyeye said.
Team captain Oluwakemi Famuditi thanked the lawmaker for his generosity and promised that the Nigeria U20 girls will go for goals and eventual victory in Morocco on Sunday.
The Falconets landed in Casablanca on Friday morning and immediately connected another flight to Sale, the city where they clash with the Moroccan U20 girls on Sunday.
The match is the first leg of a 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup African second round qualifying fixture, with the return leg in Benin City, Nigeria on November 18.