Monday, August 1, 2011

Uche explains Nkwocha, Mbachu’s invitation For Olympics Qualifier

Stella Mbachu
Super Falcons coach Uche Eucharia has explained the reason for the invitation of veteran players, Perpetua Nkwocha and Stella Mbachu to the Olympic team that will face the Cameroonian Indomitable Lionesses.

Falcons are due to confront perennial arch-rivals, Indomitable Lionesses in the first leg of 2012 London Olympic Games qualifier on August 27 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Eucharia said that the duo only opted out from further World Cup participation and never severed their active services to fatherland.

“Perpetua Nkwocha and Stella Mbachu only said that Germany 2011 World Cup is their last World Cup and not that they have retired from international competitions. World Cup comes after four years and considering their ages that is why they decided not to take part in future World Cup.
“They are useful for the Olympic Games; we need their experiences to face Cameroon. Cameroon have always been our arch-rivals. They started this game almost the same time with us and they know us inside out.”

The former Nigerian international informed that the six invited professional players invited for the crucial game will join the camp on August 18.
“The six invited professional players will start arriving to camp from August 18; the local ones will commence training from Tuesday in Abuja.”

Eucharia who guided Falcons to the Germany 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup hinted that the reigning African champions will beat Cameroon for the London 2012 Olympic Games ticket.
“Cameroon cannot stop us from the London 2012 Olympic Games, they are good sides but we are determined to pick the ticket at their expense.

“Of course the first leg comes up in Nigeria while the decisive leg comes up in Cameroon. That does not confer any advantage on them, it does not matter where it is played what matter is for us to prepare very well and give them the best fight.
“We just finished with the World Cup even though we did not do well as we would have love to do but the experience of the World Cup will come handy when we face them,” she said.

by Humphrey Njoku 

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