Christopher Danjuma, coach of Nigeria’s U-20 Women national team, Falconets, has called for more structures to be put in place for female national teams at all levels.
He said such move will help the teams compete better against opponents on the world stage.
Danjuma noted that it was high time African teams quitted the blame game and focus on developing the game with good welfare packages for female players at club level, that will compete with their European counterparts.
He said, “Let’s quit the blame game and let’s make structures to help us get there. The thing is we do more of blaming and not thinking about structures. Get even if it is four or five national teams, let’s start with WAFU and then step it up. Then get to the club level because when you develop them from the club level, when they get to the national team, they are out there already.
“Apart from WAFU, coming to the local league, do more assessment. Do one in the welfare package for the players at their club sides. Be sure everything is made available for them to play and see football as a more serious business. Beyond them is the national team and I think we will get there.”
He led Nigeria to the quarterfinals stage at this year’s World Cup hosted in France. The team lost to finalist Spain by 2-1.