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Ex-Captain Urges Falcons To Limber Up

Oladipo Okubanjo

A former captain of the Nigeria women’s senior national soccer team, Uche Eucharia, has urged the   Super Falcons to latched onto the opportunity created by the dip in fortunes being experienced by the Super Eagles to catapault female football into reckoning both in Nigeria and on the global stage.

“Men’s football in Nigeria has lost its shine (in Nigeria),” she said. “Super Falcons have to step into that vacuum and make their experience count at the world level in Canada.”

Uche, who as coach guided the Falcons to victory at the 2010 African Women’s Championship, believes that with adequate training and the quality of the team, the world could be up for some rude awakening when the Falcons take on the world’s best at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The Nigerians are nestled in Group D along with the United States, Sweden and Australia at the Mundial. “(Nigerian) men no longer play (good) football. If the girls remain focused and keep a level head and the coach psyches them up, the country will do well in Canada.

“There is hope that Nigeria should do well because we have exposure and experience on our side now, so we have nothing to fear or lose. We only need to prepare very well and go out there and confront the rest of the world,” she said.

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