Lagos – A former assistant coach of the Super Falcons, Joy Etim on Sunday appealed to parents to support their female wards who were talented footballers and intended to build their careers in the sport.
Etim in Lagossaid that such encouragement would go a long way to make the children stars in future.
According to her, parents should help their wards to develop their sports talents rather than discourage them.
“Many of these children have the capability to fulfil their life dreams if not for the negative attitude of some parents to them.
“Gone are the days when we considered sports as business for those who could not make it academically; it is a lucrative adventure nowadays, even for the scholars.
“Parents are therefore enjoined to encourage their children to participate in football games because by so doing, they will be better positioned to put in their best,’’ she said.
Etim, also a board member of Amalgamation of Nigeria Female Football Club Coaches, which is affiliated to Nigeria Football Association, urged parents to create time to watch their wards play on the field.
“We have grassroots competitions here in Lagos and we expect parents to take advantage of such programmes to witness their performance and probably make observations,’’ she said.
She said that the body of coaches was ready to support existing and upcoming players to achieve their dreams without missing out academically.
“We are aware that some of these players are young and are still in school, so we take care of them and organise training schedules that would not let their academics suffer,’’ she said.
Etim advised the young players to be disciplined, focused and determined in order to be successful in their sporting and academic careers.
This came as Flamingoes, Falconets settle for 1-1 draw in Abuja
The National U-17 and U-20 Women’s Football teams, on Saturday in Abuja settled for 1-1 draw in a friendly played at the package B of the Abuja National Stadium.
The U-17 Women’s team, the Flamingoes, dominated the first half with their first goal which came through a free-kick taken by the team’s captain, Theresa Biahwo.
The U-20 Women’s team, Falconets, however, came into the second half stronger, after several changes.
Edeji Chidimma got the deserved equaliser for the team in the second half of the game.
Peter Dedvbo, the coach of the U-20 Women’s team said that he was impressed with the performance of his team, stating that the game was a warm up game toward their final qualifier.
He said the team were prepared for their return leg match against South Africa, saying that Nigeria would definitely represent Africa at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.
The second leg of the FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifier against South Africa would take place on Jan.25.
Falconets had defeated their South Africa counterparts 6-0 in the first leg of the qualifiers played on Jan.11, in Abuja.
The Flamingoes were also preparing for the FIFA U-17 world Cup in Costa Rica, billed for Match.
The Captain of the Falconets, Patience Okaeme, said that the players were playing carefully to avoid any injury. (NAN)