Delta Queens head Coach Dan Evumena, says his desire is to have his players attract interest from foreign clubs.
The South-South outfit lost two of their players Ngozi Okobi and Halimatu Ayinde to American Women’s Soccer League sides, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash respectively after their outstanding performance at the just concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Okobi, 21, scored a goal and provided two assists in the 3-3 draw against Sweden in their opening game and earned the Live-Your-Goals Player of the Match award.
On the other hand, 20 year old Ayinde showed her brilliance in the midfield and added more bite in the attack.
Speaking to Ladiesmarch.com, Evumena said he will miss the midfield maestros.
“We will miss them greatly because they are very good players in the team and they play prominent role. r club has the opportunity to ply their trade abroad. If in this case I am losing two players (Okobi and Ayinde) to two American teams, well, it’s their luck because they are going for greener pasture” said Evumena.
Okobi moved to Delta Queens from Remo Queens in 2009 while Halimatu Ayinde joined Delta Queens from Nasarawa Amazons in 2011.
The former Falconets coach believes other players in the team will step up to the plate when called upon to perform.
“Other players in the team were signed to play not signed because they were the favorites of anyone. So losing two players means others will sit up to play for the team .We don’t have a choice but to fall back on the other players who I believe have to give their best for their salary’’ he concluded.
Ngozi Okobi and Halimatu Ayinde will be joining two other Super Falcons players Francisca Ordega and Josephine Chukwunonye in the American Women Super League when they obtain their P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Article by Queen John