Former Nigeria women’s international, Maureen Mmadu, has said the Super Falcons need to put the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games behind them and focus on winning the gold medal at the forthcoming All Africa Games in Congo.
The Falcons missed out on the Olympic qualification ticket for the second consecutive time when they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Equatorial Guinea in their qualifying match.
But Mmadu believes that the team has what it takes to win the gold despite the threats from the other teams.
Nigeria is in Group A of the eight-team competition alongside Congo, Tanzania and Ivory Coast while Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Egypt are in the second group.
“It’s sad that Nigeria will not be at the Olympics next year,” Mmadu said.
“But there is nothing we can do now. We just have to work harder and focus on the competition ahead.
“I think we have the players can do the job to us. What they need is to focus on the task at hand and make sure they are not distracted with other things.”
She reiterated her call for a technically sound coach to handle the team as the team lacked in technical areas.
She said, “I watched the World Cup and saw that we have talented players but we need to play fast and collective football when attacking and defending too.
“The players seem to presently play as individuals, which is not good for the team. We also need to read our opponent and work on their weak side too.
“We should also know when to attack as a team and when to defend as a team not defending singly.”