Amaju Pinnick’s NFF has no plan for Super Falcons, says Moses Bako

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An advocacy group, Save Female Football in Nigeria has criticized the President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick over failure to unviel programmes for the country’s senior women national team ahead of the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
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The chairman of the group, Moses Bako said Pinnick has failed to leverage on the success recorded by the women national teams in 2014 with Nigeria emerging the women national team of the year and Asisat Oshoala grabbing the African Women and Youth Player of the Year at the Glo/Caf Awards 2014 held in Lagos.

The Falconets emerged runners-up at the Canada 2014 Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup with Oshoala nicking the Best player and top scorer awards while Super Falcons grabbed their seventh African Women Championship title in Namibia with
Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie emerging best player and top scorer respectively.

Gutted by the started preparation of the Super Eagles for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, Bako, described as lack of direction by the NFF the neglect of the Super Falcons’ tune up for the 2015 All African Games in March, Olympics 2016 qualifiers and 2015 Fifa World Cup all in 2015.

Nigeria’s group D World Cup opponents, Australia have resumed camp on January 12 and two-time winners USA are currently on a 21-day training camping with 29 players since January 5 in California while Sweden have played against Norway and Scotland in grade A friendly games.

“Sincerely, I don’t think [Amaju] Pinnick has any plan for women football. Nigeria enjoyed great success from our women teams in 2014 and Oshoala standing out with her individual performances and awards.

“Though, I don’t have problem with the early camping of the Golden Eaglets, Flying Eagles and U23 male national teams ahead of their continental competitions this year.

“But I expect the NFF, if they really have intentions to achieve bigger success in 2015, they should have given more attention to the Super Falcons who have various international competitions ahead of them.

“Imagine, the girls are yet to even be rewarded for the glory they brought to the country in 2014 and still don’t know when they will be called to camp. We heard Coach Edwin Okon has submitted his programmes since, but nothing is heard from the NFF.

“I’m a big fan of Pinnick, but his failed promises to the women teams show he has no plan. It is shameful after we all know how tough the group Nigeria is placed in, the NFF are not even talking about the Super Falcons let alone of coming out with their plans.

“As a group, we are not pleased with the situation and want to voice our displeasure over the NFF’s failure to call our players to camp and arrange grade A friendly matches for them,” he concluded.

The seven-time African Women’s Championship winners, who are placed in arguably the toughest group along with Sweden, Australia and the United States, will hope to better their best ever quarter final finish at the 1999 edition.
Nigeria will begin their campaign at the 7th Fifa Women’s World Cup against Sweden on June 8 in Winnipeg. The tournament holds from June 5 to July 6.

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