By Racahel Ugiagbe
Until an expatriate coach is appointed, Omagbemi has been laden with the responsibility of leading the reigning African champions to greater heights.
She was on Wednesday, February 17, appointed alongside former goalkeeper Ann Agumanu-Chiejine and former striker Perpetua Nwkocha by the NFF to make up the coaching crew of the country’s National Women Football Team.
“I feel honoured by the appointment,” Omagbemi said. “I know that so much will be expected from us because for long, many Nigerians have been clamouring for the ex-players to lead the team.
“Now that the present NFF board has given us this task, we have to do everything possible to make the Falcons strong again.
The seven-time African women champions failed to make it past the group stage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, which led to the sack of coach Edwin Okon.
Okon’s replacement, Christopher Danjuma who led the team on an interim capacity, failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, after losing 3-2 on aggregate to fierce-rivals Equatorial Guinea.
Things got worse for Falcons when they failed to win a medal at the 2015 All African Games women’s football event held in Congo, Brazzaville.
In the meantime, Omagbemi has requested that a male physical trainer who is Nigerian, be added to their coaching team.
“Together with Ann, Pepertua and Bala Mohammed, who is the goalkeeper trainer, I know we will get it right. I will only appeal to the NFF to help us get a Nigerian who is a physical trainer to be part of us.
“I thank NFF for believing in us and also the fans who had been there for over the years. I assure them that the Super Falcons will be back soon,” Omagbemi said.