AWC 2014: Foreign-based players yet to show up in camp

The foreign-based professionals of the Super Falcons are yet to report to camp four days to the submission of the final squad of 21 players to the Confederation of African Football for the African Women Championship, AWC.

Coach Edwin Okon is yet to assess five of the foreign-based pros he called up.

Since the AWC is not on FIFA calendar, it is a bit difficult for clubs to release players for national duties.

Super Falcons media officer, Gracious Akujobi, in a press statement on Monday, said that Coach Okon has been pleading for the release of the players on time for at least two days of training and assessment before he can submit the final list

“I have been in regular contact with (Desire) Oparanozie as well as Pepertua (Nkwocha), Esther Sunday, Onome and others, and they are yet to give me a positive response,” Mr. Okon said.

“They just have to come down and prove themselves before we depart for Namibia. The fight to make the final cut is high in the team and I must confess that this is giving us (coaches) selection problem,” hem added.11

The statement also quoted the team’s skipper, Evelyn Nwabuoku, as saying that the girls will go into the competition with a fighting spirit to make the country proud,

“I have told the girls that we will carry this fighting spirit into the championship proper where we hope to make ourselves and the nation proud,” Nwabuoku was quoted as saying.

“We know why we are in camp, everyone wants to be part of the team to AWC that is why there is this competition,” she said.

“Representing our country is something we all want to do at some point in our career that is why you see everyone struggling and training hard to be in the final list” she concluded

The 2014 AWC will start on October 11 in Namibia.

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