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Football | Nigeria

Mbachu to stay



Super Falcons’ attacking midfielder, Stella Mbachu has said she is not yet ready to quit international football.

The experienced midfielder was in the Falcons’ squad that finished fourth at the 8th African Women’s Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

After the dismal performance of the six-time African champions opinions were expressed that the likes of Mbachu should call it quit from the team.

However, the petite forward said she has more to contribute towards restoring the Falcons to their pristine status.

“I’m not thinking along that line at the moment. I’m fit and still have a lot to give to the team.

“We Nigerians are good at blame games and some of us are being singled out for blame over the event at the AWC in Equatorial Guinea.

“Nobody was happy over our performance but none us just went there to cede the title to the hosts, Equatorial Guinea.

“We did our very best to remain Africa’s number one but failed. It's wrong to persecute us with the call for retirement.

“I play for my team regularly and nobody will unjustly criticise my contribution to the team’s success at the just-concluded 2012 Challenge Cup.

“When I’m ready to quit it won’t be a guess thing, I’ll announce it and quit on a high,” said the Rivers Angels dynamite to supersport.com.

Mbachu, whose side lost the women’s title to arch-rivals, Delta Queens, said the quest to reclaim the title will be the main focus of her side in the coming year.

“I think the league shield will be our main target next season. It is painful we lost it to Delta Queens, I’m positive we’ll make it a double the next time,” she said.

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