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