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Eucharia relishes team, player awards

Uche Eucharia © Shengolpixs

by Humphrey Njoku 21 December 2010, 07:31

Super Falcons coach Uche Eucharia has described the 2010 Caf women’s national team of the year awarded to Nigeria’s senior women team, Super Falcons as an indication of good things to come for the six-time African champions at next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Caf on Monday in Cairo, Egypt chose Super Falcons as the women national team of the year ahead of the Nigeria’s Under-20 team, the Falconets and Equatorial Guinea national team.

Insisting that Falcons’ award is a re-affirmation of their supremacy in Africa’s women football, Eucharia told over telephone on Monday that the award meant a lot to her and a sure sign that all will be well with the team at the mundial.

“Right from South Africa Super Falcons have been adjudged the best team, I think they deserved it.

“The players comported themselves well on and off the pitch during the AWC, Caf was dead right in their decision.

“Falcons award is a good start for me as the head coach of Super Falcons as we head to the World Cup.

“We will improve on our past performances, I know we never gone past the quarter finals, we will strive to better Nigeria’s all time best at the World Cup, it is a good omen.”

Still relishing the good tidings that befell the team and players, the former Nigerian international hailed the continental football body for the choice of top scorer at the 7th Caf Women Championship in South Africa Perpetua Nkwocha as the 2010 women footballer of the year, the third times the Sunnana SK of Sweden lethal finisher will be honoured with the award.

She scored 11 goals, four less of her personal target of 15 in five matches including two hat-trick at the AWC in November.

“I feel great and happy for her, it is well deserved. She shone like million stars at the AWC, Caf judged very well and it will be a motivation for her at the world cup,” she said.

Nkwocha vied the best player award with compatriots, the AWC most valuable player Stella Mbachu and Ebere Orji.

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