Osinachi Ohale © gettyimages
Super Falcons defender, Osinachi Ohale says she will always remember the side’s hard fought victory in the just concluded 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon.
Falcons pipped their central African rivals and neighbours, the Indomitable Lionesses, 1-0 in Saturday’s AWCON final in Yaoundé to claim their eighth African title.
Ohale credited her five-star performance in the biennial football showpiece to the team work of her teammates.
“We feel great winning the African title for the eighth time, I’m certain the feeling will linger warmly in our memories for a long time to come.
“It was not an easy achievement, it was tough and it showed that we have been working very hard.
“We are grateful to our past players turned coaches who worked assiduously to hold onto the baton before passing it on to us.
“Of course, nobody will want to be blamed for errors in their department and that was why I defended as if my whole life depended on it.
“However, I could not have achieved much without the cooperation of the entire backline, midfield and other players who actually made the job a lot easier for me.
“It’s a great feeling of self-accomplishment for me and teammates,” said the Rivers Angels strong woman to supersport.com.
Ohale said the Falcons are not in hurry to relinquish the African title to other challengers.
“It’s true that charity must start at home, which is exactly what we have been doing winning the African title eight times. We are working hard to extend our domination to the world stage.
“Other African countries have been working hard to unseat us but champions will always be champions.
“We will not sit back on our 2016 AWCON victory but continue to work even harder to be champions.
“We know that other African countries are strongly coming up the ladder but we will not hurriedly give up the title even at Ghana AWCON 2018 and beyond,” said Ohale.
The no-nonsense defender said the group’s matchday 2 clash against their perennial rivals, the Black Queens of Ghana,was their toughest game in the championship.
“The group clash against Ghana was our toughest, we won our first match against Mali and Ghana won theirs against Kenya so the clash was almost a decider of who would get the semifinals/top spot ticket.
“The clash was fiercely contested because of the high stakes involved; we were happy it ended all square for both sides,” said Ohale.
Ohale was named in the Caf Best XI after the two-week Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon.