Long standing Super Falcons of Nigeria goalkeeper, Precious Dede has tipped Ibubeleye Whyte and Christy Ohiaeriaku to do well with the national women team, after she hung her boots. Dede known for her breathless goal-bound saves said she was through with intentional football, after manning the post for the Super Falcons for 15 years. Though she is still one of the best goalkeepers around she did not specify what her new line of work will be, after being unattached to any club for the past three years.
“I feel that I have tried after 15 years with the national team. For me that is a very good record, and it was about time I left the stage for the younger ones. They are equally good, they can carry on”. Dede disclosed that she decided to quit after the African Women Nations Cup 2014 in Namibia, which the Super Falcons won, without dropping any point. But Dede was prevailed upon to stay until after the World Cup in Canada, where the Super Falcons found themselves in a tight group, they pulled a 3-3 draw with Sweden, before losing to USA 1-0 and Australia 2-0. “ I wanted to quit before the last World Cup, but I was asked to come back and play”, she added. She lamented that it was a pity the Super Falcons did not live up to expectations in Canada 2015 as the team was in a fine form. “ It was very disappointing because I’d thought we had what it took to get as far as the final or even the semis, but I thank God though.” Dede was one match shy of making it a 100 caps for the Super Falcons, but feels satisfied with her achievement with the team. She was in four women World Cup, three Olympic Games and four AWC, which she won in 2010 and 2014. – Vanguard reportage.