By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba has challenged the Super Falcons to make it to the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in Canada next year.
Speaking as a guest analyst on Monday Night Football, on SuperSport, Ikpeba posited that it was high time the team started doing well in major tournaments and not just dominating in Africa.
“I want them (Falcons)to do well in the World Cup. They have to get to the last four, they cannot just be dominating on the continent of Africa and when they get to the big stage they don’t get it right,” Ikpeba stated.
“I am happy with the girls that did well at the U-20 World Cup in Canada and Coach Edwin Okon have been bringing some of these girls into the Super Falcons and I hope it pays off.”
The former AS Monaco striker however called for an improved welfare for the team and also into the women’s league.
“The women team needs support financially too considering how the bonuses are being spread out in the national teams. I think the women teams are not really taken care of. They should be encouraged because they have done well.
“I hope the present NFF chairman will look into it because the girls are paid poorly which is not good enough. I know the corporate bodies don’t buy into female football, but we need to encourage them because they’ve been bringing joy to everyone.
“I am just appealing to the corporate bodies, let us pump money into our female league so that when these girls retire they will look back and see what they’ve been able to achieve.”