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David in ecstasy over turnout at FIFA seminar

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


NFF’s Head of Women Football, Ruth David, has expressed her delight at the turnout of eminent persons in Nigeria football and the quality of presentations at the second module of the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme seminar in Abuja on Tuesday.

“I’m really very happy at the fact that the resource persons not only honoured our invitation but also did extensive research to make for quality presentations. The NFF leadership were there in full force to underscore their total support for the programme,” David said.

The FLDP is part of FIFA’s portfolio of women’s football development programmes for the period 2015-2018. Launched in 2015 to ensure that there are female role models and women at decision –making levels in football, the FLDP aims to identify, support and develop strong female leaders in sport, while advocating for women to access senior decision –making positions globally.

David is among 35 women football administrators worldwide selected for the FLDP, and has attended two modules at the Home of FIFA, Zurich, Switzerland.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick was on hand to declare the seminar open, with some words of challenge to women football players, while NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, who chaired the technical session during the first seminar in August, repeated the role with grace and candour.

At the first seminar, FIFA’s Head of Professional Football, Mr. James Johnson delivered a paper on ‘The Concept of FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme,’ while David herself spoke on ‘Reasons for the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme’. Professor (Mrs) Funke Suleiman, of the Department of Physical and Health Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria spoke on ‘Education As a Tool For Enhancing the Career of Female Football Players in Nigeria,’ while Chief (Mrs) Dilichukwu Onyedinma, a former Member of the NFF Executive Committee and currently Director of Sports, Federal Capital Territory, delivered a paper on ‘Education for Character Moulding Among Female Football Players in Nigeria.’

On Tuesday, former NFF Board Member and now ranking Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ayo Omidiran, Director of Federations and Elite Athletes department of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi and CAF Match Commissioner Aisha Falode challenged Nigeria women football players to take education as serious as they take the game of football.

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

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; Chairman of the Benue State Football Association, Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen and Chief Onyedinma were among eminent persons in the auditorium. Apart from the players of the Super Falcons and the Falconets, there were also players of NWFL clubs Nasarawa Amazons, Capital City Doves and State House Queens, as well as secondary school girls from within the FCT.
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