Psychological issues may lower Super Falcons Performance at the World Cup – Former Coach.
Former Super Falcons coach, Mansur Abdullahi, in an interview with Punch says he is doubtful if the Super Falcons can do well in the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup following the controversies surrounding the team lately.
He said the girls have never been in such a psychological trauma before in the World and needs counselling to help put behind them the recent horrendous situation.
The World Cup is slated to take the period of one month beginning from 20th July to 20th August. The Super Falcons are set to open their campaign against host nations, Canada on the 21st Friday and New Zealand on the 27th respectively.
According to multiple rumors that the girls will boycott their first opener game against Canada because their match bonuses for the competition were canceled by the federation, following a meeting with the General Secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, last week, was denied by the team’s captain Onome.
The players were also informed that they will no longer be paid 30% of the $1,560,000 FIFA grant to all member associations for the group stage of the competition – a feat they may also disorganize the girls.
Abdullahi in his interview with Punch said, “I am not professing doom, but I am not comfortable with the ongoing crisis, I don’t think they can do well at the World Cup.
“The team is presently in psychological trauma. The Falcons have never faced such a chaotic situation before a World Cup. This portends great danger to the team.
“The players need to be counseled to immediately put behind them what is happening and focus on the task before them. If they are allowed to take this baggage to the World Cup, it will ultimately end in another disaster.”
“What the Falcons need without much ado is not only a good coach but a sound psychologist to work on them, and I don’t think the federation’s psychologist is with the team in Australia.
“It will take a big miracle for the team to match or surpass the record of 1999.”
“No matter what, we just need to ensure that the players are comfortable to give their best because if there is no resolution it is going to be very tough for the team to succeed there,” he added.
The 9th-time African Champions will be the first African team to feature in all 9 World Cups – in which they have never exceeded the quarters.