Falcons Ready For E/Guinea


Super Falcons of Nigeria will have their hands full when they confront the defending champions, Equatorial Guinea in the final of the 7th Africa Women Championship, AWC on Sunday at the Sinaba Stadium in South Africa.

When Equatorial Guinea hosted the 2008 AWC, they defeated Falcons in the semi final and humbled South Africa 2-1 in the final to win the championship for the first time.

Sunday’s encounter will be tough as the coach Uche Eucharia-tutored side are set to avenge the defeat they suffered in the hands of the Guinean ladies in two years ago.

Many football pundits believe that the final will be a fierce battle for the two nations as the Nigerian players will come out like unsettled Falcons to feast on Equatorial Guinea.

Perpetua Nwocha, who has been the goal poacher for the Nigerian ladies, says she will be on target to wreak havoc on the Gunieans. Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie and Ebere Orji, who equally gave good account of themselves on the road to the final, have also vowed not rest on their oars until the Falcons lift the African women’s trophy for a record sixth time.

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Coach Eucharia said her players are in high spirits ahead of the crucial final, adding that she is not afraid of Equatorial Guinea’s deadly strikers. The former Nigerian international boasted that her target is to win the cup after the Falcons had secured a ticket to play in the FIFA Women World Cup in Germany next year.

Eucharia noted that her team have come a long way. “We still remain focused. The battle is not  yet over as we are battle ready to confront Equatorial Guinea, who defeated us in the last edition. We are in South Africa to win the title, so our opponents have no place to hide on Sunday.”

However, the likes of Equatorial Guniea’s Salimata Simpore, Bilguisa Simpore and captain Genoveva Ayonmang would be thorns in the flesh of the Nigerian ladies during the final.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Banyana Banyana and Cameroon’s Lionesses will play the third place match Sunday morning to decide who wins the bronze medal of the championship.

—Sunday  Akintoye

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