A lesson learnt after Super Falcons’ ouster from Olympic qualifiers


Tantrums have been thrown the way of Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick for going to watch a Community Shield match between Arsenal and Chelsea in London while two of the country’s national teams were engaged in crucial make or mar qualifying matches in Africa.

But the NFF supremo gave this explanation for being in London at the time of the matches: “We have a number of meetings with some groups who have indicated interest in Nigeria football. It is my responsibility to expatiate on the direction that we want to take Nigeria football, and Oliseh is our Head Coach now and they needed to listen to his own development plans as well,” he was quoted as saying on the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation.

It however was mixed fortunes for Nigerian teams as one was knocked out of the race to the 2016 Olympics. The Senior Women’s National Team, Super Falcons were the ones to fall casualty as they lost 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea in Bata and crashed out of the qualifiers 3-2 on aggregate.

On their way to Bata, Pinnick had personally received the delegation of Super Falcons at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos before travelling to London.

He added: “The truth is, I actually wanted to travel with the Falcons, if not for the meeting in the UK. I had developed a special bond with the team from the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The NFF is proud of the team’s glorious achievements over the years.

“They came so close to securing the ticket to the final round of qualifiers, but nearly kills no bird. The lesson we have taken from there is that we must now fast –track our development plans for the women’s game in our country.”

Pundits and fans have continued to crave that the Nigeria Women Premier League which is undoubtedly the bed rock of the national teams be given attention. We are indeed tired of Walk-overs.

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