The African giants have yet to kick the ball since October 2019, and the football institution has moved to end their months of inactivity
The Super Falcons have not played a game since their elimination from the Olympic Games qualifiers by Côte d’Ivoire in October 2019 at the Agege stadium in Lagos.
Although they didn’t kick the ball in 2020, the Super Falcons climbed one spot in the Fifa rankings to end an inactive year at No. 37 in the world, while retaining the top spot in Africa.
To end the 14 months of inactivity, NFF president Amaju Pinnick revealed last week that his management was considering the involvement of the African champions in the Turkish Women’s Cup.
Following an NFF leadership meeting on Tuesday, the Nigerian football body approved the team’s participation in next year’s tournament, and also approved a pair of friendlies with Morocco.
“In order to make the senior women’s national team, the Super Falcons, occupied in a period of long inactivity occasioned by the postponement of the 12th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations until 2022, the Executive Committee approved a proposal from its Technical and Development Sub-Committee for the team to participate in a tournament in Turkey and a two-match tour of Morocco in February 2021, “said the NFF in a press release.
The development will help US gaffer Randy Waldrum unite with his players for the first time since his appointment in October as a replacement for former coach Thomas Dennerby.
The 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup is scheduled for February 15-25 in Alanya, Turkey, and meetings with Morocco will take place later that month.
Tours to Turkey and Morocco will help the Super Falcons kick off their preparation for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, where they will seek to qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.