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Falcons, Falconets excited about FIFA leadership programme

Monday, 31 October 2016


Players of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons and the U20 girls, Falconets will turn students on Tuesday for a few hours when the second edition of the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme (Accelerator project) is organized by the Nigeria Football Federation at the Agura Hotel, Abuja.

Apart from the Super Falcons and the Falconets, players of Nigeria Women Football League side, Nasarawa Amazons are expected at the venue of the seminar titled ‘Education for Character Moulding and Career Enhancement among Female Football Players in Nigeria,’

Coordinator of the Programme, Miss Ruth David, who is also Head of NFF Women Football Unit, confirmed to that school –girls who are passionate about the game of football, within the Federal Capital Territory, will also join the sessions.

While the Falconets are preparing for the 8th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, taking place 13th November – 3rd December, the Super Falcons are gearing up for the defence of their Women Africa Cup of Nations title in Cameroon, 19th November – 3rd December.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick is expected to declare the seminar open, with 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko to chair the motivational talks to be delivered by four eminent resource persons.

The resource persons are Hon. Ayo Omidiran, a leading women football investor and former NFF Board Member who is presently Member of the Sports Committee of the House of Representatives; Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi, Director of the Federations and Elite Athletes Department of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports; Ms Aisha Falode, noted women’s football promoter, CAF Match Commissioner and Member, CAF Media Committee and; Ms Henrietta Ukaigwe, leading journalist and women’s football promoter.

Omidiran will speak on ‘Education and Self Confidence among Female Football Players in Nigeria’ while Kulu-Akinyemi will dwell on ‘Job Opportunities Open to Educated Sports Women’ and Falode will talk on the possibility of combining football with formal education. Ukaigwe, a former Coordinator of the U17 Women National Team and the Super Falcons, will speak on her experience as a team official.

David is one of 35 women football administrators across the globe taking part in the ongoing FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme.

The first seminar, which held at the same venue in August, had in attendance players of the U17 Women National Team (Flamingoes) as well as players from Clubs in the Nigeria Women Football League. 
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