By Pat Muo
It is not always that the national female soccer team, the Super Falcons enjoys full support from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) while preparing for international competitions.
But this year, as the nation’s senior female team puts its act together to compete in the FIFA senior female World Cup tournament, the football governing body has sworn that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Nigerian female football team lifts the world trophy in Canada this June.
Anyansi Agwu, Chairman of NFF’s technical and development committee, swore last week that the Super Falcons would enjoy full-time technical and financial support in their run-up to the FIFA senior female world cup if that would be the last thing the federation would do this year.
“I am here to deliver a message to you from the NFF,” Anyansi began as players and officials gaped at him after their morning walk-out. As chairman of the technical committee, I have been sent to tell you that, of all time, your participation in the forthcoming FIFA senior female world cup will be different.”
“We at the NFF have resolved that you will have the kind of backing and support which the previous set of ladies and their officials never enjoyed before. For now, you will have the same kind of support that the Super Eagles enjoy each time they play in the FIFA World Cup, after all, both of you are our senior national teams.”
Anyansi said players and officials of the Super Falcons would be made to give their best in Canada as the team had so far shown unique character in virtually all tournaments in which they represented the country.
“You are dear to Nigerians. We like and enjoy the respect you have brought to our country through your exploits in female football. We thank you. The NFF has decided that it is possible, looking at your records, for Nigeria to win the female world cup. Our regime at the federation thinks that your set can do it. We have therefore, resolved that we will do all that should be done to support you to achieve this feat for yourselves and the country.”
To concretize this, all support hitherto given to the Super Eagles as the men’s senior national team will, from this very moment, be extended to you in your preparations for this tournament in Canada. We have considered that you are also a senior national team although in the other gender. We now preach gender equality.”
Anyansi apologized to the Super Falcons for previous discrepancies in handling their preparations to international competitions in comparison with that of the Super Eagles and assured that the present board of the NFF had changed the arrangement.
Edwin Okon, head coach of the team, was full of praises for the NFF and assured Anyansi Agwu that the ladies would do their best to win the FIFA trophy for Nigeria.