By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons of Nigeria has a huge pedigree in Africa when it comes to women football but the story is different at the World Cup. The team has featured at all editions of FIFA Women’s World Cup since inception in 1991 but are yet to make it beyond the Quarter final stage.
Super Falcons utility player, Chinaza Uchendu is of the view that playing with top ranked women’s team during FIFA free windows will put the Nigerian side in good stead to be able to go beyond the quarter final stage at the World Cup.
“Football is about understanding and team cohesion.
I think if the Super Falcons should play more friendly games with tough teams (countries) before major competitions like the World Cup, it will help the players have more understanding of each other and it will bring cohesion in the team.
And most importantly the team will get exposed to a better football side almost what they should expect in these major competitions.”She told kick442.com
“I started playing when I was at a very young age. When I started playing, my parents knew football meant everything to me, so they gave their full support. I am actually a utility player, when a coach watches me play, he decides the position he wants me to play for him. But I would say I am an attacking midfielder.”
The former Tokas Queens, Martins White Doves, Nasarawa Amazons and Rivers Angels players is also in support of the postponement of major football matches amidst CoronaVirus (Covid-19) pandemic as she continues to train at home.
“About the coronavirus pandemic, I think the decision to postpone the league was a good one cause safety first.
I train in the house to keep fit and we also have a group team training everyday using an application to connect with everyone (video app).”
Chinaza Uchendu currently play for Portuguese side SC Braga. She is hoping to score more goals as well as win trophies with her side.
“I know we have a very strong league in Nigeria but playing in Braga got me exposed to a different way/type of play which has helped improve me in so many aspects.
I have scored 8 goals so far and hoping to add more. I hope to win at least a trophy with the team this season, though working on wining the two trophies for the Taca da liga and the league cup because we are in both finals already.”
Uchendu seized the opportunity of the chat to praise Aisha Falode led Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) for their good works stating that sponsorship will go a long way in improving the league.
“The thing is the NWFL is really improving and I must commend the women league board for that and also the partnership with La Liga is a very good step.
But still a lot needs to be done, the NWFL need more sponsors and I am sure it will help bring more development to the league.”
Uchendu played for Rivers Angels in the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) from the start of 2017 until July 2018 before her move to Braga in Portugal in the summer of 2018.
During the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), Uchendu only played the final, where she was subbed in 8 minutes before the end of the extra time. She scored one of the four penalties in the penalty shootout that helped the Nigeria women’s national football team win the championship.
The 24-year-old is considered as one of the bright prospects on the books of the Portuguese champions.
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