Super Falcons players have taken to social media to express their grievance against the Nigeria Football Federation with regards to the fact that the senior women’s national team have been inactive since claiming an unprecedented eighth Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title in Cameroon last December.
In front of a capacity 40,000 crowd Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde on 3 December, Nigeria beat the hosts 1-0 to claim the crown courtesy of Desire Oparanozie’s goal seven minutes from time. On their return, however, they had to stage a protest before they were eventually paid their wages.
Now they are speaking out again, having been neglected by the NFF for eight months.
Reigning African Women Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala posted on Instagram: “Over 8 months without regrouping… THIS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE. What is our vision? We need an explanation. I LOVE MY COUNTRY.”
She tagged the NFF, CAF and FIFA to the post.
In agreement with Oshoala on the issue, Desire Oparanozie added, “Over 8 months indeed. Since after Nations Cup no form of regrouping whatsoever. Which way Nigeria Football Federation?”
“Other African Nations have caught up with us, we’re still a shadow of ourselves on the world stage… yet it doesn’t bother the people leading us. Let’s build for the younger generation. We need international/quality friendlies.”
The Women’s AFCON qualifiers ahead of Ghana 2018 is set to commence in February next year. Meanwhile the tournament will be held from 17 November to 1 December 2018.