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Falconet media officer says team needs motivation

21 June 2012, 14:28

Abuja - Gracious Akujobi, the Media Officer of the Flamingos, has said that the country’s female teams would surpass their previous performances in the forthcoming FIFA cadet competitions in Japan and Azerbaijan.

Akujobi said that the teams would rely on the unalloyed support of fans and the football authorities.

She added that once the support and required logistics are in place, the Falconets and the Flamingos would strive to justify the confidence reposed in them by their numerous fans.

``It’s a known fact that female football has come a long way; the best we can do is to support them, get the girls adequately prepared for the tournaments.

``The U-20 World Cup is coming up, they should be given maximum attention so that they could prepare themselves and give an outstanding performance.

``In the last U-17 World Cup, we got to the quarter finals; this time, we will get into the finals and win the trophy. As for the U-20, we got to the finals but lost to Germany,’’ she said.

 ``Super Falcons are the defending African Champion; we will improve on our previous performance and increase the momentum,’’ the media officer said.

Akujobi said quality performance from the female teams could not be far fetched with the calibre of coaches heading the various teams,

She said their success was assured and that the team was fortified with quality players who have a passion for the game and were dedicated to its ultimate success.

``The coaches and their assistants are a perfect blend of what the girls need-- Kadiri Ikhana, John Obuh, Peter Dedevu-- are quality coaches in their own rights and have a lot to impart their players.

``We have quality players, most of our players are home based, we have some from abroad too.

``And they understand what it is to represent your country out of the many that will do anything to wear the country’s colours, they have to justify their selection, I think that’s their motivation.



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