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Nwadike not ready yet



Super Falcons' assistant coach, Rita Nwadike has said she still wants to learn the ropes before dreaming of Falcons' head job.

Nwadike was in the coaching crew of the fallen African champions, who came a distant fourth at the 8th African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

The former Nigerian supporting striker, who is still at a loss over the Falcons' all-time low performance at the biennial football showpiece, said she needs more maturing period at the bench.

"We didn't fail in Equatorial Guinea because of the coach's inexperience in the women's game. Coach Kadiri Ikhana gave the assignment his very best and the players, too, as I speak with you I'm yet to fathom why we did so badly.

"We played to win, we have the best of players, I think there must be some inexplicable reason that led to what happened in Equatorial Guinea.

"However, that's history, we've to forge ahead with more determination and focus, I'm sure in a short time we'll climb back to the number spot.

"Of course, the exit of Ikhana has created a vacuum at the top but I won't say I want to step into his shoes.

"I'm new to the terrain and definitely want to learn and gain more experience before eyeing the position.

"I'm comfortable in the assistant capacity which will afford me time to take more tutorials.

"Of course, gender is important in deciding the head coach as it's done in Europe but I think anyone with interest and knowledgeable in the women's game will succeed irrespective of the sex," said the former Rivers Angels' lethal finisher to supersport.com.

Nwadike, who assisted Rivers Angels to win for keeps the 2012 Challenge Cup title at the expense of Inneh Queens, said the Cup title has made up the league crown loss to Delta Queens.

"I think the Challenge Cup title has somehow compensated for the loss of the league shield to Delta Queens. Our initial target was to win both titles.

"The calibre of players we have are capable of a double. They actually put up a good fight but I think the god of soccer was against us at the league final because we did the playing and Delta did the scoring.

"At least, we have the Challenge Cup for keeps at the end of the season. Next year our target will be to win both the league and FA titles," she said.

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