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Super Falcons risk poor showing at World Cup if lapses are not corrected, says ex-coach

Izilein, who spoke with journalists in Calabar on Monday, described the Super Falcons’ outing in Morocco as “disastrous.”

• July 25, 2022
Godwin Izilien
Godwin Izilien [Photo Credit: The Cable]

Godwin Izilein, ex-coach of the Super Falcons, says the team will have a poor showing at the World Cup if they proceed with the same mentality in their campaign at the Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

“The management of Nigeria football must make money available in earnest to start preparation for the World Cup because the team has not shown that they will do well at the World Cup,” he said.

Izilein, who spoke with journalists in Calabar on Monday, described the Super Falcons’ outing in Morocco as “disastrous.”

He said the Falcons’ performance in Morocco made no doubt that the foreign handler had not added any value to the team.

The former Super Falcons coach pointed out that Nigeria had lost her leadership position in Africa Women Football.

“We are wasting money on hiring foreign coaches. They are doing this to the detriment of the local coaches.

“The girls couldn’t have given more than what they have. Simply put, they executed on the field of play, what and how they were trained.

“If the coach were to be a local one, his sack would have been announced right in Morocco.”

He stressed that better and younger players desirous for success were out of the team.

“We have younger and talented players who could have been taken to Morocco, but he (Coach) took some of the girls that have passed their prime,” he stated.

He said if nothing urgent were done, Nigeria would have a disastrous outing at the World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Nigeria’s female senior team lost out in the third place match to Zambia after they were edged out in the finals by the host Morocco.

The 2022 WAFCON was concluded on Saturday, with the Moroccans losing the final to South Africa 1-2.


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