All is not well in the camp of the Super Falcons even as they prepare for upcoming fixtures against Ivory Coast.
The past week has seen more of negative reports coming out of the Nigeria's senior women national team camp than good news.
First, it was story that the team will regroup on Monday, without coach Thomas Dennerby, ahead of the second round of the African qualifying series for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament against Ivory Coast.
Another story came out that Dennerby has resigned following his return to Sweden.
As if that was not enough, the NFF announced in a statement that Desire Oparanozie has been removed as captain of the Super Falcons, and replaced with Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala.
No reason was given for the sudden change, but futaa.com has scooped the possible cause.
Futaa gathered that head of Nigeria Football Federation’s Women Unit, Ruth David was the one who engineered the removal of Desire Oparanozie as captian of the team, and replaced her with Asisat Oshoala.
The reason Oparanozie was ousted, we learnt, was beacause she often speak up for the team against poor treatment from administrators. A recent instance was when the team beat Algeria earlier in September, foreign based players were paid their bonuses, but the Nigeria-based stars are allegedly still being owed.
Oparanozie, we scooped, did not like the idea, and spoke out against it, but was blacklisted, hence the sudden dismissal as captain.
It could be recalled that for many years, the Super Falcons have suffered poor treatment especially as regards payment of bonus and allowance.
Futaa further gathered that Ruth David was due to appear before the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday to answer questions relating to her involvement in the endemic corruption perpetrated in the federation.
A top source in the commission confided in Punch’s correspondent that “more officials apart from David are also under investigation.”
Though details of the allegation against David and other women officials were yet to be made known, it was gathered that “they are to be quizzed on their roles in some of the NFF transactions.”
Aside Ruth, NFF president Amaju Pinnick, 2nd vice Shehu Dikko among other big wigs have been clamped down by the anti corruption body.
With this crisis rocking Nigeria football, the Super Falcons may need extra motivation if they must qualify for the 2020 Oympics.