Ukaigwe predicts tough duel for Falcons
President of the female football interest group (FFIG) Henrietta Ukaigwe has call for caution as Super Falcons tackle perennial rivals the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the Thursday’s second semifinal of the 7th African Women’s Championship (AWC) in South Africa.
Title holder Equatorial Guinea will face host South Africa the same day.
Cameroon edged out the weeping child of group B Algeria 2-1 to finish second behind title holders Equatorial Guinea who defeated Black Queens of Ghana 3-1; the results ensured both teams booked their passage to the last four of the biennial football event.
Ukaigwe told SuperSport.com on Monday that Cameroon are hungry for the World Cup show piece and will be tough even as she tips Falcons to come out of the encounter unscratched.
“Cameroon know us in and out, it will be tough. They have not been to the World Cup; it has always been Nigeria and Ghana. They are hungry and would want to play in the final that will give them the World Cup ticket.
“Many of their ex-internationals are products of Nigeria’s National Institute for Sports (NIS); some of their players also played in the women football league in Nigeria and the rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon has been there so expect a tough game.
“However, Nigeria have always had the upper hands, so I still expect Falcons to triumph.”
The seasoned journalist who hailed the first class form of former Caf women footballer of the year Perpetua Nkwocha and coach Eucharia Uche expressed optimism that the five-time African champion will not only pick one of the World Cup tickets but will win the trophy also.
“Perpetua is on fire right now, it is like the older the wiser. She said this AWC will be her last, I think she is withdrawing in a grand style.
“Eucharia is not disappointing too. I gave her chance, she has proved that women can do it and I think she is making ways for other women coaches to come on board.
“Falcons will qualify for the World Cup, I see them also winning the trophy,” she enthused.