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AWC: Super Falcons qualification not a fluke – Ukaigwe

Lagos – Super Falcons team Coordinator, Henrietta Ukaigwe, has described that the team’s qualifier for the 8th African Women Championship (AWC) as a further testimony to their current top position in Africa.

The Falcons on Saturday in Lagos defeated the Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe 4-0 to qualify for the AWC in Equatorial Guinea in October.

Ukaigwe via telephone on Monday said that Falcons wanton defeat of Zimbabwe has showed that they were not occupying the top position in Africa for fluke.

“The Falcons remain the number one in Africa having won the title record six times since 1986 when the competition started.

“They will continue to remain number one as long as the competition exists,” the coordinator said.

According to her, the Nigeria Football Association would continue to contribute its quota to ensure that the Falcons not only retain its African title, but also shine worldwide.

“Now that the team as qualified, we will intensify efforts to ensure that the Falcons successfully defended its title in Equatorial Guinea,” she said.

Meanwhile, female football fans in the country have renewed their support for the development of women soccer in the country saying the national female teams were doing the country proud.

The fans most of whom witnessed how the Falcons whip Zimbabwe to get the AWC ticket said that the female national teams should further be motivated by government.

The respondents then urged government, corporate bodies and individuals to show more interest in the development of female soccer in the country.

Nickson Goodluck, a businessman, said that he had always loved watching the female national teams playing, stressing that by their current standard, they were making the country proud.

“I have been following the female national teams for quite a long time and they are fantastic.

“The male national teams should emulate these girls because we are feeling their impact in qualifiers and other competitions,’’ he said.

According to Goodluck, the fortunes of the male national teams have dwindled in recent times and that fans have lost interest in their inability to come back to reckoning.

He commended the Falcons for their determination to remain the number one in Africa, saying that with such determinations; they would go far in women football at the world level.

Adeolu Balogun, a student, urged Nigerians to accord equal interest for both the male and female soccer in the country, saying that female football has come of age for equal recognition.

“Our girls really put in their best in the second leg because I could see the zeal to win in them. They have shown the world that female football is here to stay in Nigeria,’’ Balogun said.

He also commended the Super Falconets who have qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in Japan and the Flamingoes for the U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Chiwendu Opara, an undergraduate noted that the female national teams at all categories had made Nigeria proud and that she appreciate them for that.

“Who says women cannot do what men can do? They can do better as far as I am concerned. I am impressed with the Falcons superiority and skill,” Opara.

She then urged sponsors to embrace female football in the country, saying that the female footballers were pride to the nation and should be encouraged. (NAN)


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