NFF Decides to Hire Foreign Coach to Bring Super Falcons Back to Glory

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The Super Falcons in formation prior to the 2-1 defeat in Equatorial Guinea in 2015 to crash out 3 – 2 on aggregate. The exit completed back-to-back Olympic disappointments for reigning African champions. Photo/Getty Images

The Nigerian Football Federation has concluded plans to hire a foreign coach that will tinker the Super Falcons before the start of the 2016 African Women’s Nations Cup in Cameroon.

The eight time champions will be defending their trophy which they won in Namibia in 2014 and will be guided by the trio of ex Falcon players; Florence Omagbemi, Perpetua Nkwocha and Ann Chiejine on an interim basis.

They will be saddled with the responsibility of qualifying the team for the 2016 African Women’s Championship, with a qualifying match against either Guinea or Senegal.

Omagbemi will hope to lead the Falcons to continental success at the biennial football showpiece billed for Cameroon from November 19 to December 3 this year.

The Falcons have been without a substantive coach since the team failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics last year. Erstwhile acting coach Christopher Danjuma was sacked after he failed to win a medal at the All African Games in Brazaville in September 2015.

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Florence Omagbemi

Florence Omagbemi, was one of the Amazons of Nigeria’s women football featuring in four different FIFA Women’s World Cups from China 1991 to USA 2003. She was a member of the golden generation of the Super Falcons that reached the second round at USA 1999, where Nigeria narrowly lost the semifinal ticket to Brazil.

She led the Falcons to win the AWC title in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 and also led the team to appear for the first time at Sydney 2000 Olympics Game. The 41-year-old has coached several American youth teams and previously served as the assistant coach to the Nigerian U20 women’s team, in the Japan 2012 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, where the country lost in the semifinal to the USA.

In a communique released by the football association following its executive committee meeting, the recommendation ” for the appointment of a competent expatriate Coach, within the shortest possible time, for the team” was approved.

The NFF statement reads: ” In consonance with its determination to find a holistic solution to the dwindling fortunes of the Senior Women’s National Team; Falcons, the Committee approved the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee for the appointment of a competent expatriate coach, within the shortest possible time, for the team. The expatriate coach will be assisted by former Super Falcons’ captains, Florence Omagbemi, Perpetua Nkwocha and Ann Chiejine, with Bala Mohammed as Goalkeeper Trainer. Omagbemi will head the crew in the acting capacity in the meantime.”