GERMANY 2011 DRAW: WE FEAR NO FOES â€“ FALCONS COACH
Ahead of Monday's FIFA Women's World Cup draw in Germany, Super Falcons' Coach, Uche Eucharia, has waved off reservations about her team being pitched against tough oppositions for the June 2011 tournament.
Falcons are in Germany, where they played an international friendly match with the German senior women team, and the current FIFA Women's World Cup titleholder beat the Nigerian team 8-0 on Thursday evening.
But in a brief chat with Daily Sunsports before the African champions jetted out of the country on Monday, Coach Uche remained upbeat about the outcome of the draws, insisting that whichever opponent that comes the way of Falcons would be welcomed.
'World Cup is the biggest stage in football and any country that has qualified for it can never be regarded as a pushover. So, I wouldn't want to dwell on the possible outcome of the draws, or start now to entertain fears about our likely opponents. I believe that as African champions, we are equally a strong contender for the World Cup trophy. So, whichever country that falls in the same group with us for the Mundial is welcomed,' Uche stated with optimism.
On the Thursday's game with Germany, Uche said it was a friendly that was used basically to discovery the strengths and weaknesses of her team. 'As we successfully executed the African Women Championship, we need to pay attention on discovering the lapses in our team to enable us begin to make amends immediately before the World Cup proper, that was the essence on the friendly.'
The World Cup draws will take place at the Frankfurt Congress Centre on Monday, November 29. Goalkeeper legend, Oliver Khan and top model and women football Ambassador, Adriana Karembeu, will assist in grouping the 16 participating nations into four pots at the event.
Nigeria's Super Falcons and Equatorial Guinea are the only African representatives for the Germany 2011 World Cup.