Vanguard (Lagos)

9 November 2012

Nigeria: Falcons' Defeat a Wake up Call, Says Hamilton

Pioneer national women's football team coach, Paul Hamilton has observed that the 1-0 defeat of Super Falcons by the Banyana Banyana of South Africa at the on-going African Women Championship in Equatorial Guinea was a wake-up call on the NFF to reorganise the women football sector in the country.

In a reaction to the rare defeat of the Falcons by South Africa , Hamilton said, "It is a wake-up call; a reminder that other African countries have caught up with us. We have been dominating the continent in the past and now other countries have caught up with us."

Hamilton counseled, "in my candid opinion, the Nigeria Football Federation need a functional women football department and run a very good women football league. It is a shame that we who started women football in Africa do not have a league. This must be done for us to move forward."

He said he was not surprised that South Africa that Nigeria used to beat with wide margin in the past shocked the Falcons Wednesday. "They have a very good league which runs full course.

In our case, you have a league that some teams don't honour matches because of no money. No sponsor would want to identify with a league that is not consistent."

The veteran coach had pity for retiring Super Falcons striker, Perpetua Nkwocha, saying, "she has done very well for the country and this defeat is not good parting one for her."

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