Mabo backs former Falcons stars for Falcons job

ismailaFormer super falcons handler, Ismaila Mabo has backed ex – internationals for the coaching job of the Nigeria Senior Women national team.

Speaking to, 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.”

Queen John
Queen John hails from Yala Local Government Area in Cross River State but was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. I have always wanted to be a broadcaster despite studying Genetics & Biotechnology at the University of Calabar but never thought of becoming a sport presenter. I loved sports from primary school taking part in athletics and football .It became my hobby, watching and following football games played locally and internationally. I would rather watch a 90minute game than watch a movie or hang out with friends. My female friends criticized me, because they felt football is not for girls and saw it as “weird” but that never stopped me rather it encouraged me. My journey started in August 2013 when I came to visit my cousin in Port Harcourt. Fortunately, Today 95.1 Fm was conducting an audition which I came for, and was selected. This was after I made the decision to build on my hobby as a career rather than entertainment that was earlier planned. After few minutes of discussion with the head of sport and media officer of Dolphins Fc, China Acheru, I started work the next day by watching a Nigeria Premier league game at the Liberation stadium, Port Harcourt. Though started as an analyst and reporter, I developed to be a presenter few months later. I am an avid follower of Rob Wotton, Harley Mcqueen and Kate Abdo all of Sky sports and John Dykes, the Barclays Premier League presenter. Queen John is stylish, a lover of motor racing (F1), and women football

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