From Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos
A board member of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Mustapha Tahir has said that neither the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) nor anybody should be blamed for the Flamingoes failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
The Flamingoes crashed out to the Baby Lionesses of Cameroon in the final round of qualifiers on the away goal advantage after playing 2-2 in Benin and 1-1 in Yaounde.
Tahir, who spoke exclusively in Lagos with The AUTHORITY, noted that the Flamingoes’ exit in the qualifiers against the Baby Lionesses was bound to happen due to the situation the team found itself as at that time.
According to him the time the Bala Nikyu led coaching crew had to prepare the team was too short to build a formidable team for the qualifiers.
“Well, the performance of the U-17 Women’s team I think it’s expected because if you look at the situation that were on ground before the qualifier started, the league was not on course then you look at the level of the fitness of the players and at the same time the coaches were appointed very late due to the circumstances so it’s very difficult to have an immediate tournament within that short period and expect to succeed.
“If you succeed it’s maybe partly due to luck because if you look at all the games that we played, you will find out that their problem was lack of cohesion; they didn’t play like a team and this requires sometime like the U-20 we’ve now,” he added.