SPORT World class coach not only so­lu­tion to Fal­cons’ woes –Akide

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar @mansur_11

For­mer Su­per Fal­cons leg­endary player Mercy Akide says lack of ex­po­sure does more harm to Nige­ria’s quest to con­quer the world than lack of a world class man­ager for the team.

In a chat with Daily Trust yesterday, the ex San Diego Spirit midfielder also said it’s a shame that the Fal­cons have never taken part in the pres­ti­gious Algarve Cup tour­na­ment which the world’s best teams use an av­enue to test them­selves against each other be­fore clash­ing in com­pe­ti­tions.

“The is­sues have been the same from the time we were play­ing. The girls don’t get enough ex­po­sure. How can we be the best when we don’t test our­selves against the best teams in the world? If you look at ev­ery tour­na­ment we have played, we keep mak­ing the same ba­sic mis­takes against the Euro­pean and Amer­i­can teams. We have tour­na­ments like the Algarve Cup where the best teams in the world test them­selves against each other.

Nige­ria has never taken part. “The 2001 African fe­male foot­baller of the year said.

The Nige­ria Football Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) have an­nounced they plan to ap­point a new coach for the coun­try’s women’s team in the next few days. This de­ci­sion fol­lowed an emer­gency ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing in Port Har­court last month aimed at ad­dress­ing the side’s de­cline in re­cent times.

The Fal­cons are un­der a care­taker coach, Chris Dan­juma, af­ter Ed­win Okon was fired fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous 2015 World Cup out­ing.

The Fal­cons are the reign­ing African cham­pi­ons but they have again failed to qual­ify for the Olympics for the sec­ond straight time af­ter they crashed out to Equa­to­rial Guinea re­cently.

Mean­while, Chair­per­son of the women’s league board and Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the NFF, Dilichukwu Onyed­inma at­trib­uted the de­lay in the search for a new Fal­cons coach to the ab­sence of the Glass House of­fi­cials who are yet to set­tle down since their re­turn from Bel­gium where they went to watch the male na­tional team friendly matches.

The Pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion along with his deputies were in Brus­sels and their re­turn ac­cord­ing to Women’s League chief will hope­fully speed up the process of hir­ing a new han­dler for the team.

PHOTO Macjohn Akande

Ihezuo Chin­wendu of Nige­ria runs with the ball while Boyengwa Bakonga Nat­acha of RDC Congo chases dur­ing the FIFA U - 20 Women’s World Cup qual­i­fier at the Abuja Na­tional Sta­dium.

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