Daily Champion (Lagos)

Nigeria: Uwak Gets Coaches' Praises

Lagos — Nigerian international, Cynthia Uwak was on cloud nine last weekend as her all important goal for FC Saarbrücken, made a big difference for the German club.

Uwak was on target against Essen-Schönebeck giving the coach, Stephan Fröhlich so much to cheer about. Players and officials of the club were ecstatic after the away win so much that loud chants were heard, laughter and certainly also alcohol was involved.

The celebration in the camp of the club has been attributed to more than one good reason. Firstly, with the 0-1 win, FC Saarbrücken is now six points clear of the relegation zone and now have hopes of remaining in the Bundesliga. Secondly, the 0:5 defeat of SC Freiburg at FCR 2001 Duisburg which also helped secure their spot on the German top league.

While Uwak who scored the vital goal in the 8th minutes, was overjoyed by being the scorer of the much sough after goal, coach, Fröhlich could not hide her enthusiasm at their achievement at Schönebeck stadium.

"We have made the impossible possible and rausgeholt from a more than difficult starting the Optimum. This was not anticipated," said Frohlich, "that was a huge achievement. I am incredibly proud of the collective efforts by the players, and particularly grateful for Uwak's saving goal.

Frohlich said the victory in the last away game of the season was well deserved even as he claimed that their opponents approached the match with a more militant character

"It was more down cramp than relegation fight," said Frohlich jokingly, but was proud of the morale of his team: "It's a great nervous strain on the players. But they withstood the pressure and forced her happiness was.

"FC Saarbrücken had the early advantage when striker, Cynthia Uwak, capitalized on a defensive error to give us joy. The goal has given us security," said Frohlich.

The mood on the bus continued on the more than 300 kilometers back to Saarbruecken. Certainly, the team prepared the day of triumph, a fitting conclusion. "We will celebrate the historic moment at St. Johns market," coach Frohlich said.

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