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Enthusiasts task Ikhana on Super Falcons

25 June 2012, 09:48

Lagos - Female football enthusiasts on Sunday urged the Super Falcons Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, to bring his technical capabilities to bear on the team to ensure a good outing in international competitions.

The enthusiasts advised in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, that the technical crew of the team still had a lot to do to make the Super Falcons a more formidable side.

The Super Falcons were held to a 0-0 draw by South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, in an international friendly on Saturday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The fans also canvassed the injection of younger players into the team, to replace the aged ones, to enable Nigeria excel against tough teams from other parts of the world.

Christian Chukwu, a former Super Eagles Coach, said Ikhana needed to put all its technical expertise to work for the team to go far in international competitions.

 The former Nigeria international cautioned the team against complacency in international engagements because football was fast changing and unpredictable, too.

 ``The result was not that bad, but they must not underrate any team.

`` More importantly, Ikhana still have a lot of work to do in the area of technicalities,’’ Chukwu said.

 Kasimawo Lalako, a former Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Technical Director, said the Falcons were moving up, but gradually losing their dominance of Africa.

The former NFA technical director said a lot still needed to be done, for the team to go far in international competitions.

Laloko, also the Proprietor, Pepsi Football Academy, Abeokuta, said most of the players were aged and needed to be replaced with young and energetic players to boost their performances.

 ``Falcons are gradually losing their dominance in female football. More young players needed to be introduced to the team because most of the players are getting old,’’ he said.

 Paul Hamilton, a former Super Falcons Coach, blamed the goalless draw on the absence of the key players of the team, saying that most of the players had gone back to their clubs.

 He commended the team’s efforts, saying it could have been worse if Banyana Banyana had defeated the Nigerians.

 ``The result is not bad, I think the Falcons were being careful of not losing to their South African counterparts, which has never happened before,’’ Hamilton said.

The former Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Fatai Amao, also commended the Falcons over the goalless result, saying the players did their best not to lose to their counterparts.

He urged the players not to rest on their oars in any international engagement, but to work harder to maintain their record as the best female team in Africa.

The Falcons and Banyana also drew 1-1 in the first leg of the friendly on June 3, at the Royal Bofakeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa.



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