BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
President Bola Tinubu‘s wife, Oluremi, will host the Super Falcons this weekend at a dinner before they depart for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is scheduled to take place over a period of one month, starting from July 20 to August 20.
In a statement issued by the Head of Communications of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, the event organised by the country’s football governing body would be held on Saturday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The event would be attended by top government and sports officials.
The statement read, “We are expecting the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Ismaila Abubakar, and other top sports officials.
“A good number of the team, as well as technical and administrative officials, are expected alongside the rank and file of the NFF led by the President, Ibrahim Musa Gusau and the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.
“The event at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel will also attract corporate chieftains, members of the diplomatic corps and a range of football stakeholders.
“On Sunday, the nine-time African champions will depart the shores of Nigeria for a 15-day camping programme in Australia before they enter into camp for the tournament beginning from July 20 to Aug. 20.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s first match of the finals will be against Canada, at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium, on July 21 before they clash with Australia and the Republic of Ireland on July 27 and July 31, respectively, at Lang Park in Brisbane.
Australia and New Zealand 2023 will be the biggest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in history, as it would welcome 32 teams, the same number as featured in the men’s finals in Qatar last year.
Captain, Onome Ebi, will be one of the oldest players at the tournament, at 40, alongside Brazil’s Marta and Canada’s Christine Sinclair.