Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has praised the Super Falconets for playing a draw against China which gave Nigeria a quarter final ticket in the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
He said from the NFF Secretariat in Abuja Monday that: “The Falconets deserve commendation for the way they fought all the way to the end and got the important goal. The NFF is proud of their dedication, discipline and commitment, and we believe they have what it takes to overcome Spain in the quarter finals.”
Stand –in Captain Rasheedat Ajibade was the heroine as the Nigeria U20 girls weaved their way into the 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup quarter finals following a 1-1 draw with their Chinese counterparts in Dinan/Léhon on Monday evening.
The Falconets’ top scorer in the African qualifying series tapped in at the near post in a last –gasp effort from a cross by Aishat Bello, to break Chinese hearts and shoot Africa’s most successful women’s football team at the World Cup level to their seventh berth in the knockout stages in nine editions of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals.
Zhang Linyan gave China the breakthrough they needed with a 41st minute goal, and they were on their way to the last eight until Ajibade’s strike which ensured the Falconets finished Group D in second place on goals balance from the Asians, though on same number of points (four). Germany finished top of the pool with maximum nine points.
The Falconets will now take on Spain in the tournament quarter finals.
The General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also reacted to the press statement of the Chris Giwa-led faction which said in a press release that, he has been sacked from his position.
Sanusi said emphatically in his response that he could only be sacked by a body recognised by CAF or FIFA.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that he would not be bothered by any declaration of his being sacked by any group.
NAN reports that the Chris Giwa-led NFF board had on Sunday said it had terminated the appointment of Sanusi as NFF General Secretary.
“I wonder how a group of people who did not employ me will think they have the power to sack someone they did not employ.
“How can a body that did not employ me sack me? It is only an NFF that is recognised by CAF or FIFA that can sack me,” Sanusi said.
NAN reports that, according to the Giwa-led NFF board, Sanusi’s appointment termination followed the enrolment Order 5, page 3 of the Order of the Federal High Court in Jos.