2012 OLYMPIC QUALIFIER: FALCONS SET YAOUNDE ON FIRE
'When the going gets tough, only the tough gets going' as Super Falcons of Nigeria landed in Cameroonwith great expectation for the Olympics 2012 decider against rivals, Indomitable Lionesses this weekend.
US-based women team coach, Sam Okpodu, urged the team to prey mercilessly on the Cameroon Lioness in YaoundÃ© and grab the ticket at stake.
Okpodu, a former chief coach of the team in a chat with Daily Sunsports from his base in the United States of America, stated that Falcons have got the grit to unsettle the Maputo 2011 All African Games gold medallists.
While wishing the Coach Uche Eucharia tutored girls the best of luck in the battle of YaoundÃ©, Okpodu reminded them that as African champions, they have always been counted upon to come to the rescue of Nigerian football whenever the chips are down and enjoined the 6 time African Women Championship title holders to go for victory on Saturday.
He noted that the country's football fraternity is in dire need of some celebrations as lovers of the game in Nigeria have suffered tremendously due to the inability of national teams (Falcons) included to qualify for the All African Games coupled with the most recent heartbreak of the Super Eagles' crashing out of the 2012 Nations Cup. Okpodu maintained that Cameroon is basking in the euphoria of its first All African Games gold, would prove a tough nut to crack but advised that Falcons remain focused and determined to conquer the Lioness to pocket the Olympic ticket.
The first leg match played at the Abuja National Stadium on August 27 ended in favour of Super Falcons, who tasted victory with a 2-1 slim win over the Indomitable Lioness. Only one team will represent Africa at the Games. Nigeria was originally scheduled to play Equatorial Guinea in the final round of games before the latter were banned by CAF for fielding ineligible players in a previous game.