That wasn’t sufficient warning bells for the Super Falcons, who’ve since stalled after AWCON 2018, permitting different nations to catch up.
There have been no indicators of progress since Nigeria gained that title in Ghana.
Instead, it was a median FIFA Women’s World Cup look, a managerial change, a failed try to qualify for the soccer occasion of the Tokyo Olympics and a 12 months with none video games.
When the Super Falcons reconverged in February 2021, they had been led by American coach Randy Waldrum, however the group has regressed below him.
The group seems disjointed; the passing is horrible, whereas their ageing finest gamers have didn’t spark.
Against South Africa on the Aisha Buhari Cup, the Super Falcons had been utterly discovered, and this might be the beginning of the tip of their dominance in Africa.
Other nations have been working onerous in catching up. Cameroon have troubled the Super Falcons in recent times; Cote d’Ivoire stopped Nigeria on the CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and now South Africa.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) have been onerous at work to make the Banyana Bayana a power to reckon with in Africa, and there have been outcomes.
They beat the Super Falcons on the group stage of the 2018 AWCON and solely misplaced the ultimate by way of a penalty shootout.
There has been a constant strategy with the Banyana Banyana, particularly with Desire Ellis, the supervisor since 2016.
Under her, the group as soon as ranked fiftieth on the planet, completed second within the 2018 AWCON.
In my dialog with Ellis after the win in opposition to Nigeria on the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, she purred in regards to the works of the SA football-loving neighborhood, the ladies’s soccer league and the SAFA in making the Banyana Banyana what it’s right this moment.
Perhaps, it is the identical strategy the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should take with the Super Falcons.
We nonetheless do not know why the federation didn’t proceed with Florence Omagbemi, who led the group to the AWCON title in 2016.
Waldrum took over in January 2020, however there are questions over the coach’s dedication as he continues to mix his work as Head Coach of the Super Falcons with that of the Women’s Soccer Team of the University of Pittsburgh.
Many have additionally spoken in regards to the ageing Super Falcons squad and the necessity for contemporary legs.
In fact, these contemporary legs within the squad had been the one silver lining from the Super Falcons’ disastrous outing on the simply concluded Aisha Buhari Cup.
19-year-old Monday Gift got here off the bench to attain a brace in the 2-0 win over Mali within the first recreation of the invitational event.
Vivian Ikechukwu, one other younger participant, scored the 2 targets in opposition to South Africa as Nigeria didn’t battle from a 3-0 deficit.