●Players Ask, What Is Oparanozie’s Offence?
People just use power, position and authority as if they are not human. You just remove the captain of a country’s women senior national team without any genuine reason(s). You remove her without an offence? You remove her because you can? You remove her because no one can ask or challenge you?
Indeed, if men were God….Rewarding a girl (Desire Oparanozie) whose captaincy brought luck to the country as the team she led to France reached the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in about two decades with a demotion or removal as captain is not only outrageous but simply wicked!
This singular act I learnt has disunited and disorganised the Super Falcons who see no reason in the madness of whoever removed their captain. One of the girls who spoke to Yours Sincerely on account of anonymity says, “we collectively reject this decision because they didn’t tell us what the offence of our skipper is or was. We were not informed about anything. They just took the decision. Are they the players? We should complain about our team and captain or coach before such decision is taken. You can’t just remove or impose a captain on us as if we are babies.
We should choose our leader ourselves and if they want to continue choosing for us, no problem. Let’s see how they can succeed. Truth is they want to destroy Super Falcons the same way they have been destroying Super Eagles.”
Perhaps this informed the reason why none of the players congratulated Asisat Oshoala who was named replacement for Oparanozie by Christopher Danjuma who sources allege is being used by the powers-that-be following the friction between the NFF and Thomas Dennerby the Swede who took the girls to France.
It is very obvious that this seed of discord sown into the team could germinate to be a huge monster capable of consuming the team as the decision has indirectly pitched Oshoala against Oparanozie. Indeed, the team will be polarized along this line.
At times one wonders how the leadership of our football house reasons. Just because you had issues with the foreign coach you employed and he left, you decided to drop the leader of the team he picked as if she is a Swede…..or she had gone with Dennerby.
This kind of insensitive attitude led to the reinstatement of a certain Salisu Yusuf, the coach who was banned for one year for receiving bribe and messing up the image of the national team and our football generally. A man who should be asked to keep off from the NFF was brought back as if nothing happened. But for the outrage that greeted that decision, he would be working with the NFF as a coach in the Super Eagles.
May God save Nigeria football from the hands of undertakers!