Female coach best for Falcons, says Mmadu

Former Super Falcons star Maureen Mmadu says a female coach will be suitable for the country’s women’s national team.

The Falcons are currently without a coach after Swede Thomas Dennerby parted ways with the team in 2019.

In April, Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, said the coronavirus pandemic was the reason the federation was yet to appoint a substantive coach for the Falcons.

“The players will function well if they have a female coach because she will be like a mother to them,” Mmadu told newsmen.

“There are certain things the players will like to discuss with her  (female coach) that they won’t feel comfortable discussing with the male coach.

“For instance, if a player is having menstrual pains, she won’t be too comfortable to discuss it with a male coach.

“I was once a player, so I understand what it is like to be in that situation. The tendency of being open to a female coach is very high.”

However, Madu added that she was certain that the federation would employ a competent manager for the Falcons.

Mmadu, am assistant to Dennerby, however refused to state her preference for either a foreign or home-based coach.

“It is the NFF’s decision to decide who they want to employ, but I know that they will employ who they want based on what the person can offer.

“I have worked with the NFF and I am sure that if they like my work, they will employ me,” she added.

“I am not against the federation going for a foreign coach or on indigenous coach. I coached outside the country and if I say the NFF should not employ a foreign coach, then I am being racist because I have been in Europe where I once played and coached.

“During my period there, no one faulted or racially abused me and I won’t do what they didn’t do to me there. They gave me the opportunity to express myself.”

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