24th August, 2011
After missing out of the female football event of the All Africa Games with the defeat suffered in the hands of Black Queens of Ghana, the Super Falcons’ coach, Uche Eucharia has declared that the only way they can make soccer loving Nigerians happy is to beat Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon on Saturday when the two nations clash in the first leg of the Olympic Qualifiers at the Abuja National Stadium.
Ghanaâ€™s Black Queens stopped Nigeria from playing in the forthcoming All Africa Games by beating the Falcons 2-1 at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Ghana, Accra. The first leg of the encounter in Abuja ended 1-1.
With the dream of playing at the African tourney cut short by Ghana, attention is now focused on the London Olympic Games, but the Nigerian ladies have the hurdles of the Lionesses of Cameroon to scale.
Despite the unimpressive outing of Super Falcons in the just concluded FIFA Women World Cup held in Germany, the senior female team led by Eucharia Uche is poised to teach the Cameroon a lesson of their lives come on Saturday
Nigerians are looking forward to the encounter knowing full well that a winner in the two legged match will represent Africa at the 2012 Olympics Womenâ€™s football event in London.
The cheering news from Falcons’ camp now is that all the foreign based players have arrived for the make or mar encounter ahead of Saturday crucial match. The playersâ€™ are Turkey based Onome Ebi and Sweden based duo of Faith Ikidi and Rita Chikwelu.
Also, the likes of Perpetual Nwocha and returnee, Vera OKolo will give the Cameroonian thorns in the flesh of the opponents. Eucharia should not also expect an easy match as Cameroon have all their key players playing professional football in Nigeria.
“We know some of these players who are playing their trades in the country. There is no course for alarm, we’re ready for the battle,” said Eucharia.
Nigeria will find it difficult to beat Cameroon because most of the Cameroonian players who are playing their professional football in Nigeria know about Nigerian players in the league.
Many Nigerians who are following the performance of Falcons in recent time are also worried that the team may head for another disaster if care is not taken. They urged the coaching crew to field the best legs to win Cameroon convincingly and make their return leg easy.
Nigerians are still bittered with the performance of Falcons in the last FIFA Women World Cup and anything short of victory will be another disappointment to soccer loving Nigerians.
â€œWe are ready for Cameroon. It is going to be a tough match, but we’ll win,” Eucharia said.