December 9, 2016

My kids can’t play for Nigeria, Akide-Udoh vows

Mercy Akide

Former Super Falcons Striker and Nigeria football Legend, Mercy Akide-Udoh has suggested that her Children “will never play for Nigeria” if the poor treatment of players persists in the Football Federation.

Akide-Udoh , who was a member of Nigeria’s pioneer Falcons team, was named the first African Women Footballer of the Year in 2001 and also won accolades in 1999 and 2004 when she was named in the FIFA World All-Star.

Mercy Akide

The 41-year-old slammed the unrepentant Nigeria football administrators for the unpaid allowances of the Super Falcons, who despite the many unsavory conditions, won the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations title.

“ They fought with everything, so it should have been a happy ending. These kids have families, their parents are waiting for them to come back and put food on the table,” she told BBC Sport. “ They’ve done their part and should be paid their money. I won’t be surprised if some of these kids don’t come back; opting to stay with their clubs rather than play for Nigeria.

“ I am sorry, My kids are Americans, with the situation going on if something does not change my kids will never play for Nigeria. Who wants to suffer? We did it in our own time, this is a new generation, they should not be suffering what we suffered.”