Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 February 2013

Nigeria: Etim Calls for Early Preparation of Female Teams

Nnenna Etim, a former Super Falcons Coach, yesterday charged the country's football authorities to commence early preparation of the female national teams for their various engagements in 2013.

Etim said in an interview in Lagos that it was important to keep the teams in shape, so that they could perform well in their various competitions.

"It is important for these girls to start early preparation because the fire brigade approach usually does not yield good results.

"The male teams usually get preference; I heard that by March, they will start preparing for the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

"I implore the authorities to arrange quality friendly matches for the female teams to keep them at par with their male counterparts," she said.

Etim pleaded with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to throw its weight behind the female teams to enable them to be able to execute their programmes without let or hindrance.

"The NWPL should be revisited in terms of the support given. There are also some home-based players who can do the country proud, but they lack exposure.

"We can see from the performance of the Super Eagles at AFCON that the league has lots of domestic talents that are waiting to be tapped," she said.

Etim added that the home-based players were just waiting for calls from national team coaches for them to represent the country. NAN

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