7th July, 2011
Veteran Super Falcons striker, Perpetual Nkwocha, has dedicated her goal against the Canadian team to all her fans back home in Nigeria.
The veteran forward finally got herself the elusive World Cup goal as she scored the lone goal that secured the Nigerian ladiesâ€™ victory in their tie against Canada Wednesdayâ€™s night.
Speaking on BBC, Nkwocha said she would like to dedicate the goal to her fans in Nigeria because she has been enjoying their support even when it seemed she had been jinxed of a World Cup goal.
â€œI feel really delighted to have broken the seeming jinx that has prevented me from scoring a goal at the mundial,â€ she said.
â€œIn every match, I have put in my best but the goal just refused to come my way. I thank God I finally got the goal against Canada, a match we needed to redeem our image.We canâ€™t afford to lose or draw the match because we needed to show our fans back home that we are not here for jamboree.
â€œI am dedicating this goal to my numerous fans back home because they have been the reason I get to where I am today. It is their support and prayers that have been giving me the courage to carry on,â€ she said.
The 35 years old Nkwocha has represented Nigeria at four African Women Championship, AWC, which she won, three Olympics and three FIFA World Cups where she failed to register a goal in her two previous appearances.