Former Coach Calls For Sack Of Super Falcons’ Handler

By Ikenga Chronicles November 20, 2018

Former Coach Calls For Sack Of Super Falcons’ Handler

Former handler of the Super Falcons, Coach Godwin Izilien, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to sack Thomas Dennerby with immediate effect following the team’s 0-1 defeat to the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in their opening group match at the ongoing African Women’s Nations Cup in Ghana.

It is no longer news that the eight-time African champions, Falcons, who defeated South Africa 1-0 in the semi-final on their way to retaining the AWC title two years ago in Cameroun under Coach Florence Omagbemi, failed to fly this time around.

Chrestinah Kgatlana grabbed the match-winner six minutes from time, firing in a thumping shot from the edge of the box after leaving Falcons’ defenders and the goalkeeper stranded.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Izilien, who led the Falcons to win the AWC title in 2004 in Johannesburg, said it was a complete waste of money to hire a foreign coach for the team.

“It is not too late to fire this so-called foreign coach because he has just demonstrated that he knows nothing about African football. I watched the match, and started wondering if that was the same Super Falcons. I blame the NFF for wasting our money on a foreign coach. We don’t need an expatriate coach for the female team.

“What our indigenous coaches lack is training and re-training. I am not against a male coach handling the female team, but it must be a Nigerian coach. What Dennerby did with the team on Sunday was just trial and error. He didn’t do anything different from what our indigenous coaches have done in the past. He had the materials, but no good coaching technics. Till this moment, I am yet to understand why the NFF sacked Omagbemi and her coaching crew after they won the 2016 AWC title in Cameroun. This foreign coach has to go now,” Izilien stated.