By Rachael Ugiagbe
Finland based Nigerian striker Cynthia Uwak has expressed her disappointment at the deplorable state of women’s football in the country, 11 years after she moved to Europe.
Uwak lamented the poor condition of the women’s league, poor welfare packages for players and bad football pitches, saying that the situation is even worse than it was when she played in the league.
“Women’s football has grown past this level but I am shocked it’s almost in the same state it was when I was here. It means nothing has been done. I am disappointed at the league and bad pitches; players are also being owed salaries,” Uwak said.
“The payers have to get paid. How do they survive without salaries? The women’s football department of the NFF needs to work harder to get sponsors for the league. Honestly, we have a long way to go. If they had started work like five years ago, a lot of things would have been better.
“But right now, nothing has changed at all, instead it is deteriorating,” Uwak who was named African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 concluded.