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Okon impressed with Falcons

12 September 2013, 10:47

Abuja - Edwin Okon, the caretaker coach of the Super Falcons, on Wednesday in Abuja said he was impressed with his players’ current form and level of performance.

Okon said this in an interview after the senior female national football team played a 0-0 draw with the FCT under-13 male team.

"The players tried their best to be held goalless by the boys. Actually, they are trying, and it is a gradual process," he said.

The two teams had engaged each other in a friendly match on Wednesday in Abuja at the FIFA Goal Project’s astro-turf.

The Falcons are using the match as part of their preparations for two friendly matches against their Japanese counterparts on Sept. 22 and Sept. 26 in Japan.

The coach added that the Falcons really did well to have been able to stand toe-to-toe with the FCT under-13 boys team.

"With this match, I am impressed, because the boys are young and very pacy. So, for the match to end this way, they (the Falcons) have done well,’’ Okon said.

On his part, coach Ilerika Haruna of the FCT under-13 team said his players also did well to hold the experienced players in the Falcons to a barren draw.

"I am highly impressed, because I wanted to use the match to judge if they (the boys) can face the rigours of a serious match.

"We all know what it means playing against the Super Falcons, who are a senior team.

"Now I have seen that they (the Falcons) have the strength, stamina, speed and energy and they have proven their worth today,’’ he said.

The Super Falcons will depart for Japan on Sept. 19.



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