Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Eucharia is new Fifa instructor

Super Falcons Coach, Uche Eucharia has been appointed as the latest female football instructor of the world football governing body, Fifa.
Fifa’s decision to elevate the head coach of the country’s women’s national team is based on the ground breaking efforts she has made in developing and promoting the women’s game in the African continent. Uche, who led the Super Falcons to victory at the last African Women’s Championships in South Africa, has also qualified the Nigerian Women’s team for this year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany.
The appointment by Fifa had been done since January 2010 but was ratified recently and many say it is well deserved.
Other notable Fifa instructors on the continent are foremost South African female sports administrator, Fran Hilton Smith and the most famous African footballer, Mercy Akide-Udoh.
Reacting to the news, Uche said she was humbled and would continue to strive for excellence in her drive to take the Women’s game to the next level.
“I am pleased with the development. I thank God for this because when a body as prestigious as Fifa recognizes one for an award as hallowed as this, it is a pointer that one is on the right path and I will continue to work hard in every sphere of my personal and professional life,” She told
Uche who captained the Super Falcons during her days as a professional footballer also spoke on the preparations of the Super Falcons for the World Cup in Germany, later in the year.
“Our preparations are on track. As always, I want Nigerians to support us and pray for us. We are in a very difficult group, the group of death alongside great teams like Canada, France and the Olympic and World Champions, Germany so we need the support of all and sundry to do well at the championships.
On our own, we will continue to work very hard and keep our preparations at a high level because we know we will going toe to toe against the very best in the world.
God willing, we will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians,” she said. Uche’s reign as Super Falcons Coach has been hugely successful and she is yet to lose a competitive match as head of the technical crew of the team.


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