Super Falcons coach, Florence Omagbemi says her players have the right motivation to confront the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in final of the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday in Yaounde, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Omagbemi while banking on the rich history and experience of the Nigerian team to land her first ever title as coach, also states that her charges are fully prepared for the tough test against the hosts at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé.
She however admits that winning a tenth title at the expense of the Indomitable Lionesses could be complicated.
The Super Falcons have beaten the Indomitable Lionesses three times in past finals of the AWCON – in 1991, 2004 and 2014.
Goals from Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie proved decisive as Nigeria beat Cameroon 2-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek in the 2014 final in Namibia.
“The strength of this (Falcons) team has a lot to do with determination and pride,” omagbemi states during her pre-match conference.
“We are the first African side to reach the quarter-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and we have that at the back of our minds and will try to communicate that to the players.
“We try to compete with the top teams and always relay that to the players when we compete in Africa.
“We have had some distractions, but we try to focus on the task at hand because the players know our objectives.
“We are here to defend the trophy we won in Namibia in 2014; that is why we are here in Cameroon.
“We are playing against the hosts on Saturday. The team (Falcons) is ready mentally, physically and psychologically for that game against Cameroon.
“This is not the first time the Nigerian team is playing against the Cameroonian team.
“Some of the players that played in 2014 in Namibia are still here so we have a lot of experience.
“It will be a great game on Saturday.”
Omagbemi also praises former coach, Uche Eucharia, the first female trainer to win the (AWCON) title for Nigeria.
“I am hoping to become the second female coach to win the AWCON after Uche Eucharia who did a great job with the Falcons in the past,” She enthuses.
“She was the one who opened the door for us (female coaches), proving that we could also do it.
“These days a lot of national federations are encouraging their ex internationals to go into coaching. ”
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