Vanguard (Lagos)

4 November 2012

Nigeria/Equatorial Guinea: AWC - Hamilton Charges Falcons to Remain Focused

Photo: Facebook/Super Falcons Group
Nigeria's Super Falcons

Coach Paul Hamilton has described the Super Falcons' performance in the on-going African Women Championships in Equatorial Guinea as wonderful and restated his belief that they are on course to retaining the cup.

"With the victories and class they showed, I remain very positive that they will win again particularly after that hard-won tie over Cameroon on a very bad pitch," he said.

Hamilton has also asked the team to remain focused and approach the rest of the matches in the championship with utmost caution, stressing that it is by doing so that victory can be achieved.

"They must remain focused and work harder to avoid the intrigues in competitions of this nature,"he advised, adding "news of poor reception meted out to the team on arrival by the host country shows they are desperate and would employ any possible means just to frustrate and stop our girls."

"I commend the coaches and players for what they have done so far and I can only hope that this continues, he said, adding, "the fact that the hosts are scoring high must never be overlooked."

Prior to the start of the championship, top striker and African Footballer of the Year award winner, Perpetua Nkwocha, had announced this championship would be her last for the country, as she plans to get married soon.

Hamilton, who has had the privilege of coaching the both male and female senior teams and Flying Eagles said it was more important that the Falcons win this AWC, as a perfect wedding gift to Nkwocha.

"I will be the happiest man if Falcons win this edition because it will be the perfect parting and wedding gift to Perpetua because she is one player who has served this country well with body and mind. In-fact she has given everything she has to the country since emerging into national limelight,"he said.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.