Apparently buoyed by the feat achieved by the Falconets at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup last year in Canada, Nigeria’s triumph at the African Women’s Championship, also last year, and the quality of talents at his disposal as the Super Falcons get set to feature in the senior women’s World Cup, Coach Edwin Okon has declared that his team are in Canada, venue of the tournament, as champions. Okon made the declaration Wednesday night when the Super Super Falcons were being welcomed to Toronto by the Nigeria Deputy High Commissioner, Charles Onianwa.
The Falcons landed in Toronto after a five-hour transit at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris for a connecting flight to their training tour venue. Onianwa, while welcoming the Nigerian squad, charged to make the nation proud in Canada. “I must first and foremost welcome you to Canada because the tournament we are all looking forward to is a very important one.
“Last year, the Falconets did us proud here and now we have the Super Falcons, so expectations are high and we have no doubt that you are going to clinch the cup,” said Onianwa. Okon had in response said the arrival of the Super Falcons heralds the coming of the champions.
“Our arrival is that of champions. We are ready and I look forward to the finals and getting the cup here in Canada,” he said. Team captain, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Francisca Ordega, who were already in Toronto, received their teammates at the Novotel Hotel lodge. The team were expected to commence training yesterday. The Falcons are nestled in will Group D of the World Cup together with former champions, the United States, Sweden and Australia.