By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons of Nigeria and Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi has specifically stated that she is advising the Confederation of African Football, CAF not to postpone the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON. She disclosed this in an exclusive interview with kick442.com.
The Nigerian net minder who kept goal for the Super Falcons in the last tournament success believes there is ample time to successfully schedule the event this year.
“Talking about the 2020 AWCON. My advice is CAF shouldn’t postpone it. I believe we will see the end to this pandemic soon.CAF should allow the game to take place in the usual period.”Oluehi stated.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the postponement of major sporting events including AWCON 2020 Qualifiers as well as the announcement of host for the tournament.
The shot-stopper who is famously known for saving penalties as seen during the semi-final and final of AWCON 2018 also spoke about her mentor as well as competition among the three goalkeepers of Rivers Angels and Super Falcons.
“My mentor is goes by the name Friday,He is late. He was my Team Manager of my team then in Lagos, Ajiboso Queens. Talking about Rivers Angels and competition among three goalkeepers and Super Falcons, Tochukwu, Nnadozie, and Whyte. For me, I don’t see it as a competition. When I was at Rivers Angels, grace found me. It was same grace that made me be the number one goalkeeper at Rivers Angels. It is that grace that also found me that found Chiamaka Nnadozie. When it is a player’s time to be at the top, there is nothing anybody can do. It was Nnadozie’s time to shine at Rivers Angels. That she left Rivers Angels for Paris in France is because God’s grace found her and made her what she is today.” She concluded.
Tochukwu [Praise God in the Igbo language] sounded very thankful to God for her journey in the game and accept the realities as it meets her probably this is the reason behind her believe the CoronaVirus pandemic will soon give way for normal activities to resume.
Tochukwu Oluehi has had a great career especially for her country always stepping in and doing well as she did when she replaced Jonathan Alaba just before the 2018 AWCON with ease.
Her amazing displays between the sticks generates energy for her team.
Her calmness and ability to play out from the back reflected on the performance of the rest of coach Thomas Dennerby’s Falcons side that narrowly edged South Africa to claim a ninth AWCON crown in November 2018 in Ghana.
The experienced former Bobruichanka Bobruisk shot stopper is a find component in any squad or first team.
Oluehi featured 2013–14 UEFA Women’s Champions League with Belarusian side Bobruisk.
Oluehi spent the 2016 season in the Norwegian Toppserien with club Medkila IL. She played 21 games for Medkila, before returning to Rivers Angels and has since 2017 captained Rivers Angels.
The 2020 AWCON is scheduled for November-December 2020 but the present situation and CAF’s silence on the with no host till date has left some actors in limbo.
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