9 January 2013

Nigeria: Good League Key to Female National Teams' Success, Says Chiejine

Former Super Falcons goalkeeper, Ann Chiejine, said yesterday that the success of the women's national teams in 2013 would only depend on the development of the female league.

Chiejine won the Africa Women's Championships (AWC) five times and made three consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances.

Chiejine said in a telephone interview yesterday that the country had the resources to run a good women's league, saying that the talents were enormous.

"A country's national league is very important when it comes to determining how successful its national teams would be and the sooner we realise that, the better for women's football. The talents are there for us to harness but what we need to also do is to create an enabling environment to develop women's football," she said.

Chiejine added that the league was in urgent need of sponsorship to enhance its development, noting that with adequate sponsorship deals, women's football would develop to its fullest potential.

"The women's national teams' performances are an indication that the standard of the national teams has the potential to improve remarkably if the league has good sponsors. (NAN)

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