Super Falcons sneak into Lagos after AWC failure

The falcons came fourth at the just concluded African Women Championship.


Nigeria’s female national soccer team, the Super Falcons and their coach, Kadiri Ikhana, literally sneaked into Lagos, Monday afternoon, after a not too impressive performance at the African Women Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

The arrival did not include the usual pomp and pageantry, drumming and singing that greet returning national teams from successful international assignments.

No member of the Nigeria Football Federation was sighted at the Murtala Mohammed Airport when the Super Falcons touched down at about 4p.m. on Monday.

The Super Falcons finished in a disappointing fourth place at the just concluded African Women’s Championship, losing 1-0 to Cameroon on Sunday in what was supposed to be face saving third place duel.

The Falcons came in aboard a Dana airline and were not disposed to granting interviews to the few journalists on hand to probe what went wrong at the 8th edition of the AWC.

This year’s event will go down in history as the worst showing for Nigeria in the over 20 years of participation.

However, the team’s coordinator, Henrietta Ukaigwe, told PREMIUM TIMES that every member of the team was unhappy and has no choice than to apologise to Nigerians.

“Nobody is happy with what happened in Equatorial Guinea, while we will not want to be making excuses.

“We will like to apologise to Nigerians for disappointing them, I think we really have to start looking ahead and not allow this sad episode hold us down,” she stated.

The Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, is expected to tender his resignation letter or be sacked for the poor performance.

A member of the Technical Committee of the NFF, Paul Bassey, has hinted that there is no escape route for the coach formerly voted as the best in Africa as he stated that winning the AWC was part of the mandate given to the coach in his mouthwatering contract that sees him collect more than N3m every month as salary.

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