By Eddie Akalonu
Following the defeat of the Super Falcons by South Africa’s Banyana Banyana at the Africa Women Championship semi final in Equatorial Guinea, a former coach of the team, Joseph Ladipo popularly know as Jossy Lad, has said that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has to take the blame for Nigeria’s loss.
He posited that the players were never motivated going by the media reports he read which could have contributed to what happened.
“When you go into a competition, you prepare for everything. NFF appeared not to have done this as reports have it. But I can say the team played well in this competition although against South Africa, I did not watch the full 90 minutes due to power outage. However, I realised early enough that something was wrong when Falcons failed to counter the early stunner within the first half of the game. By the second half, I thought they left it too late because the South Africans became more daring, confident and defended well,”he said.
Besides, Ladipo, who was also a former Shooting Stars handler said coach Kadiri Ikhana and the girls should be spared any blame because in his opinion, “they did their best representing the country but were just unlucky.”
Despite the loss, Ladipo, who was assistant coach of the Falcons to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in USA in 2003, described the Falcons as the best Africa still has, stressing that their inability to win the cup two twice out of eight editions does not take away the records from Nigeria.