Former Super Falcons coach Paul Hamilton and former Super Eagles midfielder Edema Fuludu have both doffed their caps for the sterling performance of the Super Falcons in the on-going African Women Championship.
Edwin Okon’s team on Wednesday defeated South Africa’s Bayana Bayana 2-1 to reach the final the seventh time since the inception of the Championship in 1998.
The six-time champions have thus qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as the top three semi-finalists will represent Africa.
Hamilton who led Nigeria to the inaugural edition of the World Cup in 1991 hosted by China says after the game:
“The girls performance was exceptional. They have proven that they are indeed the best team in Africa.
“They lost the title in 2012 but I feel this squad (of 2014) is stronger and hungry for success. The injection of a few younger players have been great,” the one nicknamed Wonder Boy says.
On his part, Fuludu remarks: “The Super Falcons are indeed making Nigerians proud. People are disappointed with the Super Eagles, now but that is life sometimes. What a man can do, a woman may do better as the saying goes.”
Fuludu is unperturbed when Completesportsnigeria.com asked him which of either Cameroon or Cote d’ Ivoire will be easier opponents for the Falcons. Both teams were meeting in the second semi-finals game at the time of this report on Wednesday night.
The former Calabar Rovers star emphatically states that the Nigerian girls should not be worried who they play on Saturday.
“The Super Falcons are the team to beat. Either of Cameroon or Cote d’ Ivoire will only be praying for an upset against Nigeria on Saturday. I think the Falcons will be too much for any of these countries.”