Falcons perch in Germany for Women World Cup

The National Women’s team, Super Falcons on Thursday arrived in Germany ahead of the 6th FIFA Women’s World Cup holding from 26th June – 17th July, 2011.

Pic: Pepertua Nkwocha

The delegation of 21 players and eight officials that had been in a training camp in Saalfelden, Austria for the past four weeks was received at the NH Hotel Hiedelberg (the team’s official FIFA hotel for the championship) by a team of FIFA and LOC officials, as well as the Assistant General Secretary (Competitions) of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi. The FIFA General Co-ordinator for the centre was also on hand.

“We are in good shape for the World Cup. I make bold to say this team has had the best preparation of any Nigerian team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. We look forward to doing Nigeria proud in our games,” said Head Coach Eucharia Uche as the delegation arrived at the NH Hotel at about 4pm Germany time (3pm Nigeria time).

During their four-week training camp, the Falcons defeated an Austrian first division team, Wacker Innsbruck 7-0, edged the Czech National Women’s team 1-0 and was held to a 1-1 draw by the Austrian National Women’s team. They also drew 2-2 with the Slovakia National Women’s team and won 3-2 and 6-1 in two matches against an U-17 boys’ team.

Nigeria’s Falcons have been at all five previous FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, in China in 1991, Sweden in 1995, USA in 1999 and 2003 and China in 2007.

Nigeria take on France in her first match of this year’s tournament at the Sinsheim Stadium on Sunday, the opening day of the competition.

The Falcons next play hosts and favourites Germany in Frankfurt on June 30 before rounding up their Group A duties against Canada in Dresden on July 5.
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