By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Falcons winger Stella Mbachu hopes the Nigerian women national team get a kind draw in Saturday’s draw of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The draw will be held this weekend in Ottawa, the capital of Canada and coach of the Falcons, Edwin Okon, is expected to travel on Thursday with media officer of the team, Gracious Akujobi and another official.
“I really hope that we (Nigeria) get a good draw when the draws are held. You’re right if you say you have to beat the best if you want to win a tournament but it’s better to get to the latter stages of tournaments before you face the tough sides,” Mbachu tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
The forward who retired from international football after helping Nigeria win the 2014 African Women Championship in Namibia in October speaks further on why she retired from the game despite the 2015 Women World Cup beckoning.
“I have played for Nigeria for about 16 years now and just feel I should give a chance to the pool of young players that are now in the national team. There are young players coming through the ranks now.
“I have played at the World Cup, Olympic Games and the AWC so won’t mind bowing out of the team now. I’m still playing club football for Rivers Angels though,” the one nicknamed ‘Mgbidi Express’ who scored her club’s second goal in the 2-0 defeat of Sunshine Queens in the 2014 Women’s Federation Cup final at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on November 23 further tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
Mbachu also thanked the government of President Goodluck Jonathan for his support and love of the game in Nigeria.
“We are grateful for having a President that appreciates what we are doing and loves football.
“He has been wonderful along with some state governors and some well-meaning individuals. Without such great support, some of these girls (professional footballers) would have gone into all sorts of things like prostitution,” the veteran concludes.