26th October, 2010
Super Falcons striker Stella Mbachu has assured Nigerians that the absence of someÂ professional players from the African Womenâ€™s Championship, AWC, which starts on Sunday, 31 October in South Africa will not affect the fortunes of the team at the biennial football fiesta.
The dependable striker, who was sorely missed two years back in Equatorial Guinea, told SuperSport.com yesterdayÂ that adequate replacements have been effected; she added that the assignment before the team goes beyond individual players.
â€œThe three players, Faith Ikidi, Cynthia Uwak and Sarah Michael will be missed for good not for bad because the replacements are ready to deliver.
The assignment is not an individual thing; it is about winning the title and qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup. That is the only thing going on in our minds right now.
We are hundred percent ready mentally, physically and psychologically to go to South Africa and win the title.â€
Nigeria, the five-time African champions play Mali on 1 November, confront South Africa and new comer Tanzania in other group matches.
Mbachu said the Nigerian team have an edge over her opponents but would give each of them adequate attention.