Izilien raises alarm over Super Falcons World Cup preparations
Former Super Falcons coach, Godwin Izilien, has raised the alarm over the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to organize quality international friendly matches for the women senior national team to prepare the team for the Women World Cup slated to commence in Canada later this year.
He says the Falcons were inadvertently being prepared to fail at the World Cup through the failure to organize competitive friendlies for them. Izilien believes the Super Falcons could survive tough oppositions at the World Cup if they had adequate time to train, adding that playing international tune up matches would enable the coach know the weak points of his team and correct them before going into the competition.
Acknowledging the Falcons’ outstanding performance at the 2014 African Women Championship in Namibia, Izilien urged the team to continue working hard to raise the standard of their game, saying that the World Cup is more competitive than the African championship.
He also called on the Coach Edwin Okon tutored side to work on getting to the final of the World Cup to show the world that Nigeria is a force to reckon with in female football.
According to him, “The Falcons should have been playing quality international tune up matches to keep the girls in high spirit ahead of the World Cup.
“Foreign tune up matches is important for the girls because it would also assist the team to know the officiating pattern of foreign referees. This is because bad officiating has been a major set back of African teams in past editions of the World Cup,” he said.