Mbachu assures on colleagues’ absence
Super Falcons striker Stella Mbachu has assured Nigerians that the absence of some the team’s prized professional players from the African Women’s Championship (AWC) which starts on October 31 in South Africa will not affect the fortune of the team at the biennial football fiesta.
The dependable striker who was sorely missed two years back in Equatorial Guinea told SuperSport.com on Monday that adequate replacements have been effected; she added that the assignment before the team goes beyond persons.
“The three players, Faith Ikidi, Cynthia Uwak and Sarah Michael will be missed for good not for bad because the replacements are ready to deliver.
The assignment is not an individual thing; it is about winning the title and qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup. That is the only thing going on in our minds right now.
We are hundred percent ready mentally, physically and psychologically to go to South Africa and win the title.”
The five-time African champions play Mali on November 01, South Africa and new comer Tanzania on October 07, Mbachu explained to SuperSport.com that Nigeria have an edge over her opponents but would give each of them adequate attention.
“Football in Africa has grown, all our opponents are the same, we rate them the same and going to treat them that way.
No country is a minnow; the way we play South Africa will be the same way we will play against Mali and Tanzania.
“We have an edge as five-time African champions. We have experience and maturity. Nigeria is still a power house in African women football and our opponents are aware of this.
“Equatorial Guinea may not even qualify, so we may not have to worry about them but if we do meet we know them inside out especially the Nigerians in their midst. We are psychologically ready to take on other Africans in South Africa,” she said.
The top two finishers at the biennial football event will qualify to represent Africa at next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany.