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Foreign coach for Falcons soon, Omagbemi in acting role

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) insists it will appoint an expatriate coach for the country’s senior women team, the Super Falcons, as the Executive Committee of the body rose from a meeting Tuesday to approve a recommendation to get a foreigner for the team.

A communique of the meeting made public Wednesday says the Executive Committee is worried about the dwindling fortunes of the Falcons in recent months and believe a foreign coach could solve the problem of the team.

The Commuique reads: “In consonance with its determination to find a holistic solution to the dwindling fortunes of the senior women national team, Super 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.”

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee also approved a recommendation by the Technical and Development Committee for processes to be put in place for the training, grading and certification of all categories of football coaches in Nigeria.

The programme, which would be run in conjunction with a Consultant to be approved by the Executive Committee, will commence once approval is secured from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The Committee also approved a recommendation by the NFF Referees Committee for the introduction of Referee Assessor for matches of the Nigeria National League from this season.

The Executive Committee constituted ad-hoc Committees to study and come up with governance structures for the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nationwide League One, and report back to the Executive Committee within four weeks.

The Committees as composed, are: Nigeria National League which has Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (Chairman); Dodo Isah (Member); Alloy Chukwuemeka (Member) and Lawrence Katken (Secretary).

Nigeria Women Football League with Alhaji Babagana Kalli (Chairman); Sam Kumbo (Member) and Emmanuel Zira (Member).

Nationwide League One has Alhaj Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Chairman); Julius Atete (Member); Umar Garba (Member); Ibere Amarazu (Member); Ibrahim Baba Ali (Member); Seun Omotayo (Member) and Aliyu Kassim (Member).

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