SBy KATE OBODO
Former Super Eagles coach and now a member of NFF technical committee, Christian Chukwu, has said that the Falcons will do better in the future if there is proper handling of female football in the country.
The Falcons did not surprise Nigerians as they crashed out early in the Female World Cup that ends in Germany this weekend.
Chukwu, a member of the 1980 Nation’s Cup winning squad who lauded the female team for their improvement in the competition, despite their early exit, said that Nigerians should not lose hope in the Falcons. He recalled that for a longtime the team had not done better than what they did in Germany especially against the Germany team. But he assured that focus will be placed on how to improve the female football in the country.
“The girls have done their best. They improved a little bit, at least they won a match. Formally, we didn’t win matches or even scored except in the 1999 edition when we got to the quarter-finals. I believe that they will improve but it may take time before they get to the level we expect.
To achieve this, we have to make sure that our female football with regard to the female league improves especially on line with what obtains in the countries good in female football. As at now, they may not be able to do more than what we saw of them in Germany. I do not think that we have female football league in the country. There must be a process and an avenue, where they could be exposed more.
Playing qualifiers and participating in big events like this World Cup may not help. Now that they are out they will be forgotten. Then after two years, they will be called again for another competition.
On the fate of Chukwu said that the question was not whether she will stay or not but on what to do to improve the team.
“Generally, we should be looking on how to improve the female football in our country, which is the first thing we will have to do. We are not looking for who to sack or blame. We are going to make sure that some of these female coaches are sent to coaching school, in order to enhance their coaching knowledge. We must do something to encourage them and not the contrary.
Sacking her will not do any good to female football in the country. Whether female or male coach any body that is fit and qualified for the job will be allowed to coach,” he concluded.