Wednesday, June 29, 2011

FIFA WWC 2011:Eucharia Uche-We Will Give Germans A Good Fight

Nigeria coach Eucharia Uche says her side intend on taking the fight for a quarter-final place at the women's World Cup to Germany when the Super Eagles tackle the defending champions on Thursday.

The hosts are bidding for a hat-trick of titles having won the 2003 and 2007 editions and lead Group A after their 2-1 win over Canada in Berlin on Sunday, the same day Nigeria lost 1-0 to France in Sinsheim.
A further defeat here would all but rule Nigeria out of the last eight, but Uche insists her side will not surrender to the Germans without a fight.

"We can't give into the Germans, we intend to give it a good fight," said Uche.
"I always say, football is a game. It’s never won or lost until it’s played.
"We respect Germany, but I still believe in the game of football anything can happen.
"They are a good side but that doesn't mean they can't be beaten."
But Uche said she has to boost her players confidence before the Germany clash.
"We will try to install confidence in them and encourage the players to finish well," said Uche.

Germany look set to stick with the side which beat Canada with rising star Celia Okoyino da Mbabi set to continue partnering captain Birgit Prinz up front as a centre forward and record goalscorer Inka Grings - 62 goals in 91 appearances - on the bench.

"It was the right decision to start with Celia and Birgit, they proved themselves," said Germany assistant coach Ulrike Ballweg on Tuesday.
Former midfielder Okoyino da Mbabi, who has  Cameroonian roots, scored Germany's second goal on Sunday to cap an impressive display.

A second victory for Germany would put them in the last eight with the final group game against France on July 5 in Moenchengladbach.
There will be added bite to the match owing to Uche's remarks last weekend when she branded homosexuality as 'dirty'.

Germany reserve goalkeeper Ursula Holl is married to a woman and first-choice shot-stopper Nadine Angerer is openly bisexual.
The German players have not responded to remarks made by the Nigerian coach, while FIFA have said they will talk to Uche about the issue.

"Yes, the lesbians in our team were really a big problem," Uche said having taken over as Nigeria's coach in 2009.
"But since I'm coach of the Super Falcons, that has been cleared up.
"There are no more lesbian players on my team.
"I can not tolerate this dirty life."

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