Chukwu hails Falcons on AWCON victory

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Coach Christian Chukwu, former Rangers International Skipper and Coach hails falcons
Coach Christian Chukwu, former Rangers International Skipper and Coach hails falcons

By Remi Bamgbose

Christian Chukwu, a former Super Eagles Coach has congratulated the Super Falcons of Nigeria for doing the nation proud in the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON).

Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Saturday in Yaounde won the AWCON for the eighth time after beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 before a capacity 40,000 crowd.

An 84th minute goal from Desire Oparanozie was enough for Nigeria to retain the trophy they won in Namibia two years ago, when they beat the same Indomitable Lionesses 2-0.

Chukwu in a telephone interview with NAN in Okutipupa, Ondo State said that the Falcons proved themselves as “Super” by retaining the title.

“Although, the Falcons missed so many scoring chances, it is expected in a final match; but they performed excellently since the beginning of the championship.

“I congratulate the Falcons and Nigerians on the sweet victory because they have proved to the world that they are indeed “Super” for retaining the title,” Chukwu said.

NAN reports that with the victory, the team coach, Florence Omagbemi, has a record of winning the AWCON as a player and a coach.

It would be recalled that the Super Falcons have dominated this competition, winning all but two of the 10 editions played so far.

In a repeat of the 2014 final, Cameroon finished as runners-up again despite enjoying massive home support.

In front of Cameroon president Paul Biya, the hosts had the best of the first half, with a number of chances for Aboudi Onguene.

But the Indomitable Lionesses failed to make the most of their opportunities, even with the Falcons looking like an average team and not the defending champions.

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