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Optimism high in Super Falcons’ camp


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As the nation’s female national team, the Super Falcons, begins its Africa Women Championships (AWC) football campaign on Monday against Mali, the coach, Eucheria Uche, exudes optimism in the ability of her team to reclaim the title it lost to Equatorial Guinea in 2008. 

The Super Falcons departed for South Africa venue of the tournament on Tuesday to participate in the 2010 Africa Women Championships kicking off tomorrow.

Uche noted that though, the world cup ticket is also at stake but the five-time champions have vowed to reclaim the Africa title currently held by E/Guinea girls.

The coach vowed to unleash the team backed by experience and youth on the rest of the contending countries and said they would spare no chance in the battle for title chase.

The current Falcons is expected to be the most dreaded team in South Africa as the squad is made up of a combined force of the U-17, U-20 and the surviving members of the Super Falcons team.

Asked whether she is confident that a woman is at the head of Nigeria’s coaching crew at the tournament, she said, “I have paid my dues as a former player and assistant coach, being the head coach at the moment confers responsibilities and not ego, through women most nations have been rescued from difficulties and I believe mine won’t be different; we are going to South Africa to win the world cup ticket and the AWC cup and I’m convinced that the Lord will grant us victory. It might not be easy, other countries are also looking for ways to win this tournament, you also know that Ghana, Cameroon defending champions and host country, the Bayana-Bayana, won’t be watching, they would put up some fight, but we can’t get to this stage to disgrace ourselves and the country,” she said.

Falcons Captain, Perpetual Nkwocha, of Sunana SK, Sweden, dazzling winger Stella Mbachu of Rivers Angels and former Falconets stars, Oparanozie Desire of Delta Queens and Orji Ebere of Rivers Angels are among the 21 Super Falcons that will represent Nigeria at the Africa Women Championship in South Africa.

The new final list of players released Friday by Eucheria comprised of Bayelsa Queens’ goalkeeper, Dede Precious, Oluehi Tochukwu, Ordega Francisca, and Sadoh Lorreta.

Delta Queens FC has Ajagba Chioma, Ohale Osinachi, Okobi Ngozi, and Ukaonu Helen.

From Rivers Angels are Jerome Ulunma, Akpa Gladys, Iroka Glory, and Chukwunoye Josephine. Sunshine Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and Makwada Babes contributed one player each in Sunday Esther, Okorokwo Amarachi and Ayila Loveth.

Two other foreign based players, Chikwelu Rita of Umea IK FC Sweden, and Ebi Onome, Djurgardens FC, Sweden completes the list.

The Falcons will take on Mali on Monday November 1, South Africa November 4, and Tanzania on November 7 in the group matches. The championship will end on November 14

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