Falcons: People laughed at us when we started women’s football — Nwadike
Rita Nwadike, X-Super Falcons striker talks about her football career and some real advise for the the young Nigeria female footballers.
When I was younger, I played with all my heart. Now sometimes I recall those moments as a player and wish I could get back onto the field once more, but it is not possible. You can’t compare the football of my time and now; then we played with determination and joy but because of the way the country is now, everyone is after money. Money is good no doubt, but you have to work hard so that you can get the money.
She said a lot of things that could be one of the things affecting Nigerian and African football.
Coach Paul Hamilton was the teams manager when joined the ”Super Falcons”; She said ”I was too small when I joined the Falcons” and that when they trained at the National Stadium, Lagos, fans would be shouting, ‘Coach, where did you bring this small girl from? that she was too small to play but, when ever she entered the pitch, the fans would want to see more of her, she said; ”I sealed a place in the team and since then, I maintained my place in the team.
In 1995, fans were expecting that the team would have been better but the Falcons lost 8-0 to Norway at the World Cup. She also made some comments towards 8-0 lost saying ”Honestly, we didn’t prepare much. Then, the team was assembled like a month to the World Cup unlike now that they have given the women’s national team the opportunity to train for a long period before major competitions. Inexperience and poor preparations were the reasons why we lost.
She added that the women football should be giving a better attention even if they will not treated like the super eagles.