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Falcons coach relies on foreign players

09 May 2014, 18:27Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Super Falcons Coach, Edwin Okon has expressed optimism the team's poor scoring ability will be solved by the foreign based professionals invited for the Africa women championship (AWC) qualifier tie against Rwanda.

The inability of the Nigeria senior women team to convert scoring opportunities has been a major concern to coach Okon and his assistants and it was very glaring when they could manage to beat Cameroon 1-0 in a friendly after creating several chances.

But the coach is hopeful that the trio of Perpetua Nkwocha, Oparanozie Desire and Francisca Ordega who are among the eight invited foreign pros would score plenty of goals for the team.

According to the coach, the invited professionals must however prove that they are better than the home based players to get the nod to play against Rwanda.

Speaking after Friday's training, Okon said everybody in the team will get equal chance to make the final squad that will travel to Kigali to play Rwanda on May 24.

"There is no automatic jersey for anybody no matter where you are coming from. They are all Nigerians and have equal right to the team. All I want is the best for the country and so I will use the best.”

"I am glad that the foreign based players will start arriving next week to camp and I know they would be great additions to the team and hopefully help solve the team's poor goals scoring record" he stated.

Okon added that he and his assistants are working tirelessly to ensure that the home based players are in good shape before the coming of the eight foreign based players.

The foreign based players invited are Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunnana SK, Sweden), Sarah Michael (KIF Orebro, Sweden), Francisca Ordega (Pitea IF, Sweden), Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus), Osinachi Ohale (Houston Dash, United States), Faith Ikidi (Pitea IF, Sweden), Desire Oparanozie (Atasehir Belediyespor, Turkey) and Helen Ukaonu (Sunnana SK, Sweden).

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