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Falcons won’t treat Banyana Banyana with kid gloves – Ikhana

By KATE OBODO

Having defeated the Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe  4-0 last Saturday in Lagos to qualify for the 2012 Africa Women’s Championship,AWC, Super Falcons coach, Kadiri Ikhana is confident his team will beat the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in an International friendly holding today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Ikana who was  delighted with the performance of his team  last Saturday, said they are battle ready for today’s game, adding that the friendly will serve as a good test for the girls who are looking to defend the African title they won two years ago in South Africa.

“I am happy with the recent development in the team. I won’t say they(team) are now perfect but I know they are above average and could contend with any team in Africa. In Saturday’s (today) tie, we are not going to underrate the South Africans despite it being a friendly match.

We are going to take the  match seriously as it is part of  preparation for the forthcoming AWC which comes up later this year,” he said.

He added that he and other members of the technical crew would  ensure  that the team get better and are able to defend the AWC title by inviting more players.

“We want to get the best legs for the team ahead of the competition. Right now we  have 20 new players and I assure you that within a space of time, myself and the technical crew will bring out the best in the team,” he assured.


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