Nigeria suspension: Tawa Ishola appeals to Fifa for Falconets

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Minsk FC of Belarus striker Tawa Ishola has pleaded with the World football governing body to back down on the planned ban of Nigeria for the sake of the Nigeria U20 Women’s national team, Falconets.

Tawa Ishola of Minsk of Belarus
Tawa Ishola of Minsk of Belarus

Fifa gave Nigeria until Thursday July 17 to reinstate the Aminu Maigari-led NFF board to avert the impending ban after its earlier announced suspension over government interference on 9 July which affects the Falconets.

The former Ibom Angels forward who has raked in 11 goals in ten games since teaming up with the Belarus Women League club in April, fears the ban of Fifa could be disasterous for Falconets’ players who are expected to participate in the Fifa 2014 Women’s U20 World Cup in Canada.

“The development is unfortunate for Nigeria’s football, but I urge Fifa to forgive the excess of our administrators and protect the future of Nigerian players,” she exclusively told Goal.

“I’m praying and begging Fifa to reconsider its decision to ban Nigeria and also lift the suspension. Our female players need the opportunity to compete at the World Cup so as to gain the opportunity to attract better clubs in Europe.

“This suspension has put the football career of our players in joepardy as well as hundreds of future talents could be wasted. Football is a major source of livelihood for Nigerians and has drastically reduced poverty in the country.

“I’m sure many of the girls also hope to gain the same opportunity the likes of Desire Oparanozie and many others had with the U20 World Cup by breaking into top clubs in Europe,” said Ishola, who won the 2014 Belarus Super Cup with Minsk.

Peter Dedevbo’s side is yet to depart the country owing to Fifa’s suspension and could be replaced by South Africa if the world football governing body eventually bans Nigeria.

Nigeria and Ghana are the African representatives at the upcoming Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup which is scheduled for August 5 – 25, 2014 in Canada.