Atta-Mills’ death stops Falconet match

Nigeria’s under-20 women
football team, the Falconets
are heading back home after
playing one of their two
scheduled friendly
internationals in Accra,
Ghana on Tuesday.
The team are heading back
home after a 2-3 loss to
their Ghanaian counterparts,
the Black Princesses, in their
first match.
The Falconets had been scheduled to face the Black Princesses in the second match on
Thursday, July 26; however, Ghana Football Association (GFA) suspended all planned sporting
activities for the week, following the death of President John Atta-Mills.
The Ghanaian president died on Tuesday afternoon, leading to the suspension of many official
activities in the country.
Musa Amadu, the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), on Wednesday,
confirmed that the Falconets were cutting short their trip.
"It is obvious that that is what has to happen, following recent developments in the country,
and the situation the team has found itself," he said.
Amadu said the team was expected back in Nigeria on Wednesday or Thursday.
"It is all dependent on how soon they can get a flight back to Nigeria. We are hopeful this can
be on Wednesday, but if not then we will be expecting them on Thursday," he said.
The team had, on Monday, departed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in
Ikeja, Lagos, for Accra, where they were to play two friendly matches on Tuesday and
Thursday, as part of their preparations for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled
for August in Japan

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