We’ll build a stronger Super Falcons, says Omagbemi


• Players decamped, coaches yet to get NFF contract

Super Falcons coach, Florence Omagbemi, says the technical crew would build a team stronger than the one that beat Senegal at the weekend before the 10th African Women Cup of Nations, which will hold in Cameroun from November 19 to December 3.

The Falcons, who are the defending champions, handed a 2-0 defeat to the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal in Abuja on Tuesday to qualify on 3-1 goals aggregate.

In recent times, the Falcons have not lived up to expectations of Nigerians, especially after failing to win a medal at the last All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville and also failing to book a ticket for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

But the coming of Coach Florence Omagbemi and her two assistants, Ann Chiejine and Perpetua Nkwocha, seems to have given the team a new direction.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Omagbemi said the immediate task ahead of her crew is to build a strong and good Super Falcons team that Nigerians will be proud of when hostilities begin for the AWC in Cameroun later this year.

She said the players have been asked to go to their respective clubs pending when they will regroup for preparation for the AWC in Cameroun.

According to Omagbemi, the team will play a series of friendly games to be in good shape for the African Nations Cup in Cameroun, just as she hinted yesterday that only the best would make her team.

Meanwhile, a source within the team has disclosed that the coaches have not been given their contract papers as promised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

It was not clear yesterday if the players and their officials got their camp allowances and match bonuses for the games against Senegal before vacating their Abuja camp, following the crisis that has dogged the NFF since last week

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