AWC: Falcons still the best in Africa, says Cameroon coach

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Despite falling behind at two consecutive Africa women championship, Nigeria’s senior women national team are still to be feared. Coach of the Cameroon Indomitable Lionesses, Enow Ngachu made the charge in Abuja after the first of the two-leg friendly involving the two continental rivals.

The Falcons missing some of the to professionals beat Cameroon by a lone goal, but according to Ngachu whose team denied the Nigerian women the chance to shine at the All Africa Games in 2011 and the London 2012 Olympics, said that the Falcons reamian the team to beat at next year’s AWC billed for Nambia.

“The result of the friendly does not in any way diminish the position of Falcons. They are still the best in Africa. They are still the best, but they should watch out for other African countries working seriously and improving the quality of their female football,” said the coach.

The Nigeria Football Federation in effort to boost the team has invited foreign-based professionals  ahead of their AWC qualifier against Rwanda.

The players invited are: Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunnana SK, Sweden), Sarah Micheal (KIF Orebro, Sweden), Francisca Ordega (Pitea IF, Sweden), Onome Ebi (Minsk FC,Belarus), Osinachi Ohale (Houston Dash, United States), Faith Ikidi (Pitea IF, Sweden), Desire Oparanozie (Atasehir Belediyespor, Turkey) and Helen Ukaonu (Sunnana SK, Sweden).

The Super Falcons will face the She-Amavubi of Rwanda on May 24 for a slot at the 2014 African Women Championship to be hosted by Namibia later in the year. And Okon insists that the foreign-based recruits must report early to camp in order to ascertain their fitness level, adding that only players who are able to prove themselves will be selected for the qualifier.

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