Falcons Coach Bags FIFA Instructor's Job

03 Feb 2011

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Uche Eucharia

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.

Eucharia, who led the Super Falcons to victory at the last African Women’s Championships in South Africa, has also qualified the Nigerian team for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup coming up in Germany.

Although Eucharia’s appointment had been approved since January last year it was, however, only recently ratified. Another notable FIFA instructor in the continent is the foremost South African female sports administrator, Fran Hilton Smith. Nigeria’s own Mercy Akide-Udoh is a FIFA Ambassador.

Reacting to the news, Uche said she felt humbled by the appointment 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 recognises one for an award as hallowed as this, it is a pointer that one is on the right path. 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 finals.”

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