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Uche won’t turn down Falcons



Former Nigeria national women’s team captain and coach, Eucharia Uche has revealed to supersport.com that she will not turn down the chance to manage the Super Falcons in the future.

Uche, the first woman coach to manage Nigeria’s Super Falcons was sacked on October 11, 2012 after failing to steer the team to a place at the 2012 Olympics.

Uche’s replacement, Kadiri Ikhana managed to guide the side to 4th place at the 2012 Africa Women’s Championships (AWC) and subsequently fell on his sword.

With the position of the Falcons coach now vacant, speculation have been making the rounds that Uche could be recalled to the post and sports journalist, Emenike ‘China’ Acheru believes it will be better for the NFF to appoint a woman coach for the team.

”We have heard of cases in the past where men coaches were accused of sexually harassing the players. This will never happen with the women coaches in the team. Besides, a woman coach understands the mentality and peculiar needs of the players and will deal with such accordingly,” Acheru said.

When contacted to speak on the issue, Uche said she would not turn down the chance to serve her country.

“What has happened in the past should be left in the past. I will not turn down the chance to serve my fatherland. I am pleased with the work I did with the team when I was in charge and will always give my best when called upon,” Uche said.

A member of the Super Falcons, Faith Ikidi also had words of praise for Uche, who she played under when the former national team captain held the reins as coach of the team.

“She is an excellent coach and a mother,” Ikidi said.

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