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AWC: Okon expresses worry over Oparanozie, others

23 September 2014, 12:08Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Super Falcons Coach Edwin Okon is growing gray hair over the availability of the five foreign based players he invited for the African Women Championship (AWC) in Namibia, with barely four days to the submission of the final list of 21 players to CAF.

Desire Oparanozie, Perpetua Nkwocha, Esther Sunday and Onome Ebi are among the players.

The AWC is not on FIFA calendar and clubs are not compelled to release their players for national duties. That is why Falcons coach has been frantic about ensuring that he gets positive response from the foreign clubs of the players.

Super Falcons media officer Gracious Akujobi reports that coach Okon has been on the neck of the managers of players he invited for the AWC pleading for their release on time for at least two days training before he sends the final list.

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"I have been in regular contact with Oparanozie as well as Pepertua, Esther, Onome and others, and they are yet to give me a positive response," Okon said.

He continued: "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."

He expressed joy at the fighting spirit of the players in training adding that they give him hope that the AWC title will not elude them this time.

Also speaking, Skipper of the team Evelyn Nwabuoku re-echoed Okon's assertion that competition for place in the Falcons is very high, noting that this is good for the team.

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

"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."

"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 concluded.

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