South Eastern University of USA striker, Uchenne KLanu has declared that she and her colleagues in the Nigerian female national team, Super Falcons are capable of winning this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Although the Falcons are not among the top-20 teams in the world, and are rated fourth in Group A, behind hosts France, 1995 winners, Norway and fast-rising South Korea, Uchenna says the Nigerians should not be written off, considering that they have a load of well-exposed players.
The 21-year-old Kanu, who won the golden boot at the recent West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Women’s Cup of Nations, after helping Nigeria to the trophy with ten goals in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, said the Falcons will not only try and reach the final in France, they also want to return home to Nigeria with the trophy on July 7.
Kanu’s haul of 10 goals in five games, including an injury time equaliser in last Saturday’s final against Cote d’Ivoire, after which Nigeria won 5-4 penalties at Stade Robert Champroux, is still talk of the town.
She admitted that the WAFU Cup accorded her the rare opportunity to showcase her talent on a higher level, from which Kanu acknowledged that she has developed vastly and improved in all aspects of her game.
However, she stressed that the focus for her now is on the team’s pre-World Cup in Austria, where she will work harder to get a spot in the list to represent Nigeria at the upcoming Female Mundial in France.
Kanu stated: “I am happy that I have grown in exposure. Playing for the national team has helped me improve, and I am happy about it.
“My game is better than it used to be, and that is the same for all other players in the Super Falcons. We are now much better than before.
“I know we have a good team, all of us are playing with good clubs and we are doing well with our respetive teams.
“I am happy to be part of this team, I am also happy with how I have been able to grow in recent months.
“I am now looking forward to the World Cup, and I believe that will be another opportunity for me to show my talent.
“We will all go out there to work hard and play with our hearts. We want to get to the final and we will hopefully come back with the trophy.”