After apologizing for Nigeria’s failure to win a medal in the women’s football event at the just concluded 11th All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Super Falcons acting head coach, Christopher Danjuma insists he is the most qualified man to handle the team.
Danjuma, who disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Abuja, also revealed that what the team needs at the moment is to build a new team that will be mainly populated by players who play their club football in the local league, since it has always been difficult to secure the release of some of the players abroad.
He said; “Let me start by saying that I take full responsibility for the poor showings of the Super Falcons in recent times and I want to apologise to all Nigerians for the letdown.
“Our focus was to win and make Nigeria proud but due to some lapses which we have noticed, we could not make it. The issue of blending was very critical because since most of the girls play abroad, their clubs don’t always release them on time and by the time they arrive from various countries with various playing pattern it is not easy for them to blend.
“What we intend to do now is to begin to build a team where the absence of one or two players will no longer pose a challenge for the team because we must have to get well talented players from the local league to form the bedrock of the national team.
Speaking about the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), currently advertising the position of the Chief Coach of the Super Falcons, Danjuma said “I don’t see anything wrong with that because I have been acting since the sack of Edwin Okon. But let me state that I will apply for the job because I still believe that I am the most qualified to handle the team because I have been with most of the girls since their U-17 days, so I know them more than any other person.”
Danjuma also urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to emulate stronger European countries by increasing the level of mental and technical capacity of the players.