Captainship tussle tears Super Falcons apart

Captainship tussle tears Super Falcons apart
February 22 03:38 2019 Print This Article

The refusal of the Super Falcon Technical Adviser, Thomas Dennerby to appoint a substantive captain for the team is helping to create division among the players as most of them are caught in between the two players who have served as captains.

Presently, Super Falcons have two captains namely Onome Ebi and Rita Chikwelu who have jointly served as skipper since Dennerby took charge of the team last year. 

In the pecking order of seniority, Onome is the most senior having been with the national team since 2002 and has been to four consecutive world cup from 2003 to 2011. She has also won the afcon four times. 

Faith Ikidi is next in the pecking order having  debuted in 2004 followed by goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi and Rita Chikwelu who both made their Falcons debut in 2007. 

Both Onome and Rita both were on the podium to receive the AWCON trophy in Ghana and to the surprise of Nigerians were presented by Dennerby as joint captains on a live television program.  A Nigeria Football Federation top official who accompanied the team to a recent tournament in China said it was very embarrassing watching the two players struggling to be captain. 

“I noticed that the struggle for the leadership has divided the team with players taking sides. It has to stop, the coach must pick a captain and vice captain otherwise, we shall appoint one for him. It is shameful that the coach does not want to confirm who is the team captain.

“We have to nip in the bud anything that will bring disunity and disharmony in the Super Falcons. The NFF will give the team the best preparation ahead of the world in France and we expect the coaches, back room staff and players to give it their best shot without discriminating” our executive committee member stated. 

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