— Falcons Coach not bothered about criticism
By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Falcons Coach Edwin Okon believes that the Super Falcons were just unfortunate to have crashed out of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, saying they played in a very tough group, Complete Sports can report.
Okon who is widely criticized following the senior national women’s team’s poor performance at the tournament, said it was not easy playing in a group that has experience country in women’s football like USA, Sweden and Australia.
“The girls did their best which may not be understood by many but you will understand that the teams we played in Canada are strong teams and we tried our best to qualify from the group but we were unlucky to achieve that," says the coach.
“And as a coach, it was an opportunity for me to see these teams and learn one or two things from them which I believe will help me in future. The players must have also learnt from the matches they played in Canada.
He however said he was surprised that many who did not see what he saw in Canada are now criticizing his technical ability.
“We are Nigerians and we should see things from different perspective, many who were criticizing the team were not in Canada with the team to see what we saw but we are moving ahead from the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has already appointed a new coach to handle the nation’s U-20 Falconets to next year’s World Cup.
Dedevbo Calls 36 Falconets to Camp
–For 2016 U20 Women's W/Cup vs Liberia
Coach Peter Dedevbo has invited 36 players to camp as he kick-starts the U-20 Women’s National team, Falconets’ preparation for next month’s 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against Liberia.
Each of the 36 girls are expected to report at the team’s Serob Legacy Hotel, Abuja camp on Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 with her training kit, medical certificate of fitness and international passport.
Dedevbo, who led the Falconets to the final of the last edition of the FIFA World Cup in Canada last year, has recalled goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii of Bayelsa Queens (inexplicably dropped from the Super Falcons’ final team to the FIFA World Cup in Canada), as well as midfielder Osarenoma Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens) and striker Chinwendu Ihezuo (Delta Queens).
Dedevbo has also called a number of players who starred in the U-17 team at the FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica early last year, including Ugochi Emenayo (Nasarawa Amazons), Esther Elijah (Osun Babes), Tessy Biawho (Nasarawa Amazons), Uchenna Kalu (Delta Queens), Mary Ologbosere (Ibom Angels), Joy Bokiri (Bayelsa Queens) and Rashidat Ajibade(FC Robo).
Others invited for the match are Onyinye Okeke (Inneh Queens); Christy Udogad (Rivers Angels); Lovina Okafor (Pelican Stars); Kehinde Akinwande (FC Robo); Okenne Okon (Ibom Angels); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Pelican Stars); Lilian Toke (Bayelsa Queens); Aminat Yakubu (Sunshine Queens); Yetunde Adeboyejo (Bayelsa Queens); Goodness Iheoma (Rivers Angels); Amarachi Ojinma (Rivers Angels); Patience Kalu (Bayelsa Queens) and Mary Saiki (Confluence Queens)
Also invited are Omowunmi Gominola (Sunshine Queens); Pato Moses (Pelican Stars); Glory Sunday (Pelican Stars); Benedicta Juan (Pelican Stars); Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Ayo Olaiya (Bayelsa Queens); Cynthia Aku (Rivers Angels); Rafiat Sule (Bayelsa Queens); Augusta Omene (Nasarawa Amazons); Chinazia Godwin (Nasarawa Amazons); Fubiana Briggs (Ibom Angels); Ogechi Joseph (Inneh Queens) and Faith Alex (Pelican Stars).
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