The Aisha Buhari Cup may have come and gone, but the reactions from the tournament will stay on for some time. The Super Falcons were favourites to win the tournament but they fell 4-2 to South Africa in the final game. One of the major talking points is the performance of home based players in the team
The Super Falcons paraded a strong foreign based attack, led by Barcelona's Asisat Oshoala, CSKA Moscow's Francisca Ordega, Dijon's Desire Oparanozie and Linkopings' Uchenna Kanu. Surprisingly, none of these big stars scored for Nigeria in both games the team played at the tournament. Interestingly, the four goals scored by the Falcons were from home based players
FC Robo's Monday Gift came from the bench to score two goals for Nigeria against Mali and Vivian Ikechukwu came from the bench to also score two goals for the Falcons against South Africa and those goals were coated with beauty
This performance from the home based girls is a wake up call to the NFF to pay attention to the women's league in Nigeria. Majority of the girls that started for Nigeria in both games made their name from the home front
Glory Ogbonna joined Umea of Sweden from Edo Queens, Chiamaka Nnadozie joined Paris FC from Rivers Angels, Okobi played for Delta Queens, Oparanozie played for Delta Queens, Asisat Oshoala played for Rivers Angels, Uchenna Kanu played for Abia Angels and many others. These players had their foundation from home and they have gone ahead to play with the best in the world. Since these ladies started from home and are now among the best in the world, it is ideal to beam the searchlight on the league for more of these talents
Coach Randy Waldrum was in Ijebu Ode to watch the NWFL Super 6 and there, she spotted Vivian Ikechukwu who scored twice against South Africa. He also saw Monday Gift in the same tournament when she played for FC Robo
The NFF should do what they can to improve the standard of the women league and make sure that it returns to its glory days when it produced great stars.
Asisat Oshoala was a Rivers Angels player when she won the golden ball and golden boot at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada and eventually won the BBC World Footballer of the shortly after her time at Rivers Angels
Players from the NWFL have brought glory to the country and so the league deserves utmost attention from the Nigerian Women Football League.
The performance of Vivian Ikechukwu and Monday Gift is a testament that the Nigerian Women League still has passionate players who are ready to give their all for the national team.
The women's league in Nigeria has always been a bedrock of the Super Falcons and at this time, Randy Waldrum need to look inward in order to get young and excellent players who can replace the "tired legs" in the team
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