Falcons Off To South Africa, As AWC Begins Sunday


Baring unforeseen circumstances, the Nigeria’s Super Eagles will jet out of the country any time for today to South Africa ahead of the kick-off of the African Women Championship, AWC, on Sunday.

The Falcons and their technical crew led by Uche Eucharia arrived Lagos early today and will fly out to South Africa for the AWC, which the country has won seven times

Nigeria’s blend of experienced and young players are aiming to reclaim the AWC, which  the Falcons have won a record seven times when the tournament kicks off Sunday in South Africa.

The Nigerian ladies have been the dominant force in the women’s game on the continent, having won the bi-ennial competition since 1991 before they were upstaged by hosts Equatorial Guinea two years ago.

They are drawn in a relatively easier Group A along with South Africa, Tanzania and Mali.

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They are therefore widely tipped to qualify, along with the host team, for the semi-finals from where they will be up against the likes of defending champions Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Ghana. The finalists will fly Africa’s flag at the World Cup in Germany from June 2011.

Coach Eucharia, herself a former prolific international striker, has tipped her team to be African champions again in South Africa for the third time.

“We are not just going to South Africa to feature in the Africa Women’s Championship but to win the trophy,” said Uche.

“Nigerians should cheer us to victory. They should never lose hope in this team and should stay with us from beginning to the end.”

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