The girls have proved that they are the best in Africa. The next is the world stage. They were focused and the entire country is proud of their achievements.
More importantly, I will dedicate this to the President who has been motivating Nigerian teams to victory at every given competition. First it was India and now in South Africa.
The team has done so well. The coach has been able to blend the new and the old players, and there a new federation that has been very aggressive and hungry for results.
There are new coaches and I believe they are on the right track. Today, we’ve proved that we are the best African country in women football.
We will start preparations for the World Cup as soon as we return to Nigeria in order to give Africa a good representation in Germany.
I am the happiest girl – Mbachu
Mbachu: Stella Mbachu was named player of the tournament and she was happy at the honour despite stiff opposition from compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha who banged in 11 goals in the tournament.
Mbachu’s greatest joy was the fact that she was part of the team that reclaimed the title from their 2008 conquerors and champions, Equatorial Guinea.
“My happiness is that we were able to reclaim the our trophy,” Mbachu said. after receiving her MVP award.
The winger who is the oldest member of the Falcons squad spoke of her team mate, Perpetua Nkwocha. “She is a fantastic player. She gives us confidence each time she is with the ball. I am sure she will make a great player with time. She is just wonderful.”
I didn’t promise 15 goals – Perpetua
Contrary to the impression that Super Falcons top striker, Perpetua Nkwocha promised to score 15 goals before the end of the 2010 African Women championship in South Africa, the lethal weapon finisher has denied she ever made such a target before the tournament.
In a post match interview with cable network, Supersport “I promised I was going to score goals but I never said 15.
My friends said so but I am not shifting responsibility because I scored more than half of fifteen. We were in South Africa to correct the mistake we made in Equatorial Guinea two years ago.
With this victory, I am happy that we have corrected that mistake.
Looking ahead, Nkwocha said she was confident the team would prepare well for the World Cup.
She also spoke of the promising younger players who joined the team recently. “I believe players like Onome Ebi and Osinachi were fantastic in their roles. I believe they will be fantastic players if they continue this way.
We’re better – Dede
I’m excited because I knew we would win from the onset. Even when they scored against us I was not bothered because there was something in me telling me that were going to win.
The goal they scored did not put us under any pressure because we all knew they were not our match.
After Africa, we are now facing the world. We will win the World Cup as we are going to prepare for it. We have always had it easy in Africa but we are now determined to make a difference at the world stage.
Of the young players integrate into the main team, Dede said, she was impressed by the performance of Esther Sunday and Onome Ebi.
Asked when she would retire from the game, Dede said, “I can’t say.”