Former Nigerian women’s national team coach, Florence Omagbemi could not hide her excitement while speaking to busybuddiesng.com on her recent nomination for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017 award.
Taking the period of 20 November 2016 to 6 August 2017 into account, Omagbemi is one of ten head coaches that have been shortlisted by a panel of women’s football experts which includes; Mia Hamm (USA), Maia Jackman (New Zealand), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Jacqueline Shipanga (Namibia) Sissi (Brazil), and Sun Wen (China).
“I want to give God the glory for all. For me being nominated as one of the best coaches on the FIFA ranking, I want to say God… in short, I don’t even know how to put words together (right now).
“But working with the Nigeria Football Federation, with the Falcons and the U-20 and with my contribution so far, during my playing days and all, all I can say is just thank you Lord for the opportunity and I will continue to work harder,” Omagbemi told busybuddiesng.com from her base in the USA
The 42-year-old led the Super Falcons to an unprecedented eighth African title at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon last December, beating the hosts 1-0 in the final as she became the first person to win the title as a player and as a coach.
“And I want to still thank the players of the Falcons because with what we all did, it’s a joint effort. What we all did in Cameroon. I want to give glory to the players, the Federation, even the media and the fans for their support so far. I will continue to work harder with this nomination,” the former Super Falcons captain concluded.