Chairperson of the Nigeria Women’s Premier League, Dilichukwu Onyedimma has expressed delight with the Mali women national team withdrawal from the final qualifying round of the Rio 2016 Olympics football event saying the development would help Edwin Okon Ladies prepare well for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada. The reigning African queens were expected to host Mali on Saturday, May 9 before playing the return leg a week later, sealed a spot to the next round without kicking the ball.
A delighted Onyedinma told Goal that the Fédération Malienne de Football took the decision to prevent their ladies from being humiliated against the red-hot Falcons.
“When I was asked last week on our readiness for the Malians, my reply was that we will beat them anytime and anytime. Their decision to pull out of this game has justified that we can beat them,” Onyedinma told aeroberry.
“Mali are scared we would beat them silly, moreover their officials feel it’s a waste of resources coming to Nigeria to concede eight goals or more.
“I’m happy we will have enough time to prepare for the Women’s World Cup in Canada. These Olympics and All African Games qualifiers have keep [the Falcons] in here, they ought to have travelled out for a training tour that has been arranged for them since.”
“Ideally, they ought to have been in camp at least six weeks before the commencement of the tournament but we had to wait to complete the assignment on the continent first. That was why we wrote to the Malienne Federation to allow us play them a week after the first leg so as to have enough time prepare,” she continued.
“When I meet with the NFF today [Friday], I will be able to know if we the plans we have are still intact.”
She concluded saying the Falcons are poised to challenge for the World Cup claiming Nigeria are not frightened by the presence of big names in the competition.
“All the participating team’s target is the cup and ours is not an exemption,” she added.
“We know there are tough teams in our group but this time around, we are not intimidated by any name because we believe we have the strength and will do our talking in the pitch. You never can tell, we may beat the team who feel they are favorites,” she concluded.
Nigeria had previously defeated the Malian women 9-1 on aggregate to seal a place at the 2015 All African Games.