Lagos - Interim head coach of the Super Falcons Florence
Omagbemi has finally arrived the camp of the team in Abuja since it opened on
The former captain was said to be uncomfortable with her designation
as interim coach as she wanted to be named as the permanent coach and not the
interim coach, but she has denied the news.
Omagbemi was reportedly granted a two-week grace but failed
to report to camp at the expiration of the period. She has however arrived the
team camp on Monday and has expressed joy at being handed the job, as well as
the persons that have been appointed as her assistants.
"I am hearing this for the first time. It is like
breaking news to me. I don't know where the writer got the story from. I know
that I was in touch with my other coaches and the Federation. They knew where I
was; I took permission to be with the FIFA group.
"Right now, I am in camp. I worked alongside my other
coaches with the girls on Monday morning. I’m very happy with what has been
done in my absence with the team. I am 100% with the team and I am happy with
everything that's going on."
“I am happy with my assistants. These are my people. We are
one family here in camp. Ann Chiejine
and Perpetua Nkwocha, we all played together for years and we are just like
sisters. We are happy to work together now.
"When I first heard the news, I was so excited because
I believe this is the time to come and give back. We fought battles on the
field for Nigeria, now is when to do our job and be role models to the
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Omagbemi featured in four different FIFA Women World Cup
final competitions for Nigeria in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003.
She was a member of the golden generation of the Super
Falcons that reached the second round at USA 1999, where Nigeria narrowly lost
the semifinal ticket to Brazil. She led the Falcons to win the African Women
Championship title in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 and also led the team to
participate at the Olympics for the first time, at Sydney 2000.
The former Super Falcons captain has coached American youth
teams and previously served as the assistant coach to the Nigerian U-20 Women's
team, Falconets, at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.For
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