Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) chairperson, Aisha Falode has praised the domestic championship for producing some good players for the female national team, Super Falcons at the ongoing continental showpiece in Ghana, footballlive.ng reports.
In the wake of the Falcons’ remarkable 4-0 trouncing of Zambia at the African Women Cup of Nation, Falode commended the league for the home-based players in the team.
The ace broadcaster-turned-
administrator reckoned that the NWFL players in the Thomas Dennerby’s side can help Nigeria pull off a successful defence of their title at AWCON 2018.
The NFF executive committee member said she is happy to see the domestic league players hold their own in the team.
Falode went on to declare that they will again make a lot of difference in Saturday’s last group match against Equatorial Guinea.
She noted that all the matches at the championship are crucial, but is of a view that the Falcons will always be a strong contender for the FIFA Women’s World Cup ticket, having never failed to reach the Mundial.
The NWFL boss, however, harped on the need for more players from the domestic league to be considered for invitations to the national teams.
Falode retorted: “I have often said that the league is the engine room of every national team, whether male or female.
“Out of 21 players, we have six home-based professionals. I think we should have had more home-based professionals in the team.
“I believe there should have been more, but then the ones here have been giving a good account of themselves.
“The technical department of the NFF needs to do more, by visiting the league venues in order to discover more players who can give overseas-based professionals a good run for their money in the Super Falcons.
“We must re-evaluate our dependence on foreign players and begin to look at the reservoir of players in our domestic league to give us quality representation.
“Truly and honestly, we will be doing our young players a good turn if we do that.
“They should be given the opportunity to express themselves and also attract the global attention.”