Nigerian female national team, Super Falcons’ former striker, Mercy Akide-Udoh has stated sheer delight with her appointment as head coach of Regent University women’s soccer team in the United States of America.
It is another step forward for Akide-Udoh, who, between 2006-2008 was the head coach for U-16 Athena C Gold Girls at Stars Soccer Club, and worked within Youth Development, an NGO that also employed her friend, Luke Concannon a coach of the U-13 girls team.
From 2008-2013, Mercy worked as co-director of Youth Development and for Beach FC in Virginia Beach, Virginia; after which she joined the coaching staff of Virginia Rush Soccer Club in the same community.
Akide-Udoh was announced as assistant coach of Virginia Beach City women’s first team following the appointment of John Germanos as manager.
Before turning to coaching, she won three African Women Championship with the Falcons in 1998, 2000 and 2002.
She also competed in the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, between both of which she was awarded the first African Woman Footballer of the Year award in 2002.
With her latest coaching appointment now in the bag, Akide-Udoh said she is proud and excited to get the job, and promised to put in her very best to justify the appointment.
Akide-Udoh took to Twitter to reveal her latest duty post, which she tagged a challenge for her, especially as she quickly hoes out for her first game in charge against the highly formidable Greensboro University squad.
Akide posted: “Proud and excited to be the new Head Coach of Women’s Soccer for @regentuniversity. First home game tonight at #RobertsonField against Greensboro University. @regentroyals.”