The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced that the Super Falcon will use the same Avita Hotel and Resort in Bad, Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, where the Super Eagles camped for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
NFF in a bid to give the Falcons the best preparations they needed ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, reeled out plans to ensure the Falcons soar higher in this year’s tournament.
NFF in a statement on its official Twitter account said the 2019 World Cup preparations for the nine times African champions will be the best so far as they will play about 10 tune-up matches before the tournament kicks off in France.
The statement reads, “The Nigeria Football Federation has firmed up plans to provide African champions, Super Falcons, with what could turn out to be their best–ever preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals
“Participation in the 4 –Nation Invitational Tourney in China, 17th – 20th January, will be followed by participation in the Cyprus Women’s Cup (25th Feb – 7th March), before planned friendly matches vs Spain or Canada before a final training camp in Austria that could also take in two tune-up games.
“On Tuesday, players and officials of the nine-time African champions were at the Embassy of China in Abuja for visa processing. The team is expected to fly out of Nigeria to China on Monday.
“Hosts China, Romania and the Korea Republic are the other teams taking part in the four–day invitational.
“Overwhelmingly voted as the Women National Team of the Year 2018 in Africa at the AITEO-CAF African Football Awards in Senegal on Tuesday, the Super Falcons are determined to adequately prepare and be competitive at this year’s global tournament – a championship in which they have only reached the quarterfinals once in the last 20 years ago.
“On return from the invitational tournament in China, the Falcons will begin visa processing for Cyprus, where a 12 –Nation Invitational Tournament awaits between 25th February – 7th March.
“Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, North Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, South Africa and Thailand are the other nations taking part. Of the lot, Nigeria, Italy, South Africa and Thailand will be going to France.
“Spain (who play African team South Africa, as well as Germany and China in Group B) and Canada (who play African team Cameroon, as well as New Zealand and The Netherlands in Group E) have approached Nigeria for friendly matches.
“Jamaica, who play Australia, Italy and Brazil in Group C, have also written to the NFF expressing interest in playing the Super Falcons.
“Nigeria, the only African country to have featured in all previous editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the competition was launched in China in 1991, will tackle host nation France, Korea Republic and Norway in Group A of this summer’s finals
“The Super Falcons will open their account in France against Norway, at the 21,000 –capacity Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims on 8th June, before matches against Korea Republic in Grenoble on 12th June and against hosts France in Rennes on 17th June.
“The 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals will hold 7th June – 7th July this year, with France up against Korea Republic in the opening match at the Parc des Princes in Paris on 7th June, ” the statement added.