Speaking to Ladiesmarch.com, Mabo who led the Super Falcons to her best world cup appearance in USA 1999 believes the Nigeria Football Federation should give ex-internationals who played under him a chance to return the lost glory.
“I am not in support of the NFF bringing in an expatriate coach to take charge of the Super Falcons. I still believe we have capable hands in the country. The NFF should sit down and pick from the players that played under me like Ann Chiejine, Yinka Kudaisi, Mercy Akide, Maureen Madu, Nkiru Okosieme, and Florence Omagbemi since they complain of no money, said Mabo.”
He added, “some of the European countries that are leading women football in the world are coached by women. For example, Sweden (Pia Sundhage) , USA (Jill Elis) and Germany ( Silva Neid) are managed by females. So there is no point bringing in any expatriate to handle the Super Falcons because I believe the girls can do it. They should be given the opportunity and freedom to select the team and nurture it to stardom.”
You will recall that NFF president, Amaju Pinnick on December 31, 2015 on Channels television, disclosed that the football house have not appointed a coach for the Super Falcons due to lack of funds.
Mabo however, warned that if a competent coach is not appointed for the team, the seven time African champions might fail to defend their title in the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations for women in Cameroon.
“Ha ha ha! That might be a wishful thinking and something has to be done or we might fail again in Cameroon.”
The Super Falcons were eliminated from the group stage of the Fifa women’s world cup last year that had Sweden, USA and Australia. They drew 2-2 in the opening game, lost 3-2 to Australia before losing 1-0 to the eventual champions USA.
The seven time African champions once again failed to make it to the Olympic Games after missing out in the 2012 London Olympic Games as they suffered a 3-2 aggregate loss to Equatorial Guinea.
And to crown it all, they returned with nothing from Congo Brazzaville venue of the All Africa games following their 2-1 loss to Cote d Ivoire in their bronze medal match.
“We went to the world cup, All Africa Games and the Olympic qualifiers what did we do? We did nothing. We have not been able to achieve much like we did in the past, Mabo complained.”
On the performance of the Nigeria Women Football league, Mabo believes it’s ineffective and needs to be restructured.
“The whole thing lies on negligence on the part of the NFF and there is a need for them to fortify their efforts. Except a change of attitude from the NFF, I fear other African countries will take over Africa. The football house should also bring in competent hands to be in charge of the running of the league that is capable of attracting sponsors to the league. The ex-internationals I mentioned earlier are also competent of handling the position and adding their level of experience to the growth of the league, Mabo concluded.”