Sacked Falcons head coach, Edwin Okon has declared that lack of grade A friendly matches for the team during their training tour in Canada was one of the team’s setbacks at the ongoing FIFA Women World Cup.
“Not playing a big team before the World Cup, affected the girls. Most of them needed big matches to face the kind of games we played at the World Cup.
“I’m not trying to make excuses but if we had big friendly games before the tournament, it would have helped us a lot.”
However, investigations by Nigerian Pilot Sports revealed that internal rancor in the team may have led to the team’s poor showing after their game against Sweden where they came from two goals down to draw 3-3.
“From all indications, some strikers in the team were intimidated by the success of Asisat Oshola recently and vowed not to let her out shine them on the pitch forgetting that they were here as a team to do their fatherland proud.
“Some of the players have said that Asisat wanted to be the one scoring the goals and taking the shine. So we warned her to stop it,” a top female official of the NFF disclosed.
Okon’s job had come under intense scrutiny with the Falcons shaky start of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as his team were down before clawing back to a 3-3 draw in Canada.
A further defeat in Australia and the USA made his tenure look like it was coming to an inglorious end, after a fairytale year where he led the Super Falcons to victory at the 2014 African Women’s Championship in Namibia.

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