Super Falcons forward Ngozi Okobi has taken a hit at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup (FIFA WWC) Draw that took place in Paris on Saturday.
In a tweet on her official Twitter handle, the Eskilstuna United DFF star pointed out that early preparations for the tournament will give the nine-time African champions a better opportunity of progressing from the group stages.
The Super Falcons who unceremoniously won the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana, although favourites, were without a coach for a whole calendar year neither did they have any form of training or friendly matches as a team. Going into the AWCON, the Falcons only played a series of amateur teams as preparation for the continental showpiece.
Meanwhile, AWCON runners-up South Africa have already lined up a friendly game with three-time world cup champions, USA – a country that has won a medal at all past editions of the FIFA WWC – in preparation for their first ever participation on football’s biggest stage.
Prior to the AWCON final, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, had promised the Falcons a better preparation for the world cup in France than what they had before the AWCON. However, considering that the women’s calendar has more international breaks, it seems the best way the NFF is preparing for the world cup is the usual Nigerian “sidon look” approach.