AWC: E'GUINEA CAN'T STOP FALCONS â€“ EUCHARIA
Super Falcons coach Eucharia Uche has dismissed the Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea's ambitions of becoming the undisputed champions of the continent by winning the African Women's Championship back-to-back, saying Nigeria were out to regain their lost glory.
Nigeria on Thursday disgraced the boastful Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon 5-1 in their 7th African Women's Championship semifinal clash in South Africa to set up Sunday's final clash with Equatorial Guinea. The Central Africans defeated the hosts 3-1 in the second semifinal match.
The Guineans' tale of glory started in 2008 when they hosted and won the 6th edition of the tournament at the expense of South Africa, who they beat 2-1 in the final.
But speaking after leading Nigeria to their sixth appearance in the final of the competition that kicked in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1998, Uche vowed the Falcons would return home with the trophy.
The Falcons won the tournament in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
'We are here (in South Africa) for two obejctives, one of which is to qualify for the World Cup and we thank God that we have achieved that today, (Thursday), the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the former Falcons captain as saying.
'But we are not going to rest until the second objective, which is to win the trophy, is achieved.
'As a coach, I have taken notes of our lapses and the entire coaching crew will analyse the match and correct our mistakes in the next match (against Nzalang Nacional) on Sunday.'
Equatorial Guinea coach Jean Mbiha said after defeating Banyana Banyana that the he was out to retain the title.
'We are ready for the final (against Nigeria),' he told SuperSport after the game.
'We are not under pressure because we know what to do to win the game.'