My Kids Will Never Play For Nigeria–Mercy Akide-Udoh  

By Ikenga Chronicles December 9, 2016

My Kids Will Never Play For Nigeria–Mercy Akide-Udoh   

Angered by the treatment of female footballers in Nigeria, former Super Falcons Striker, Mercy Akide-Udoh has stated that her Children “will never play for Nigeria” if the ill- treatment of players persists.

The 41-year-old blasted the Nigeria Football Federation for failing in its financial and moral obligations before and after the girls won the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations title.

“They fought with everything, so it should have been a happy ending. These kids have families, their parents are waiting for them to come back and put food on the table” she told BBC Sports.

“They’ve done their part and should be paid their money. I won’t be surprised if some of these kids don’t come back; opting to stay with their clubs rather than play for Nigeria.”

“I am sorry, my kids are Americans, with the situation going on if something does not change my kids will never play for Nigeria. Who wants to suffer? We did it in our own time, this is a new generation, they should not be suffering what we suffered.”

The Nigeria football Legend, who was a member of Nigeria’s pioneer Falcons team, was named the first African Women Footballer of the Year in 2001 and also won accolades in 1999 and 2004 when she was named in the FIFA World All-Star.


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