The Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, lamented over the weekend that the moves to develop female football in Nigeria is thwarted by lesbianism practice.
The Barrister said this on Saturday when he featured on a sport personality programme ‘Hot Seat’ organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Oyo State chapter, in Ibadan.
Akinwunmi suggested a total overhaul of the women’s football system in Nigeria, adding that many problems were being overlooked while the game deteriorates in the country. He said:
“My passion for female football is as great as it is for grassroots football. But in reality, there are lots of problems with developing female football. It costs more and returns less. There are fewer players and less interest in female football than male football. But we have no excuse.
“Lesbianism kills teams. People are afraid to talk about it. The coaches take advantage of the girls, so there is much more to build in female football. Last year, I think the most problematic person to the chairman of female league was Seyi Akinwumi. I launched several attacks just to ensure things worked accordingly. So, I decided that look, if it’s so difficult for you, let us show you how it’s done.”
Akinwunmi said in Lagos that the second half of the year would be dedicated to female football, adding that it would involve mentorship programmes.
“I took a historical look at countries and teams which have had success in this category, they started the way we also started, and it was difficult for them in the beginning as well because there were no sponsors and other problems.”
About Nigeria National Female Football Team
The Super Falcons, as it is known, has won the first seven African championships and through 2011 lost only five games to African competition: December 12, 2002 to Ghana in Warri, June 3, 2007 at Algeria, August 12, 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, November 25, 2008 at Equatorial Guinea in the semis of the 2008 Women’s African Football Championship and May 2011 at Ghana in an All Africa Games qualification match.
The Super Falcons have been unable to dominate beyond Africa in such arenas as the FIFA Women’s World Cup or the Olympic Games. The team has been to every World Cup since 1991, but managed just once to finish in the top eight.