SUPREMACY AND POWER PLAY IN SUPER FALCONS: Aisha Falode Vs Desire Oparanodzie As Case Study

By Daily Trust on May 31, 2021

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To be honest with you dear numerous readers of this column every Monday, I had wanted keep deaf and dumb on the above subject matter thinking that those behind the continued non-invitation of Desire Oparanodzie to the Super Falcons team she has served humbly and beautifully well would reverse themselves by now.

Alas! the Nigerian power show has as usual blind folded all behind the illegal shutting of the senior Women national team door on one of the most valuable players of the squad.

I'm one columnist or reporter that calls spade boldly by its name and so after much pressure by fans of this page I finally bowed to their long sort wish hence we are reading it here this week.

For the numerous that follow Super Falcons, Nigeria’s senior Women national side you will instantly agree with me  that her name like other frontline first team list of the team rings a bell for the best of reasons.

I won’t bother you dear readers with where she presently plies her trade as this topic of the week would restrict itself to the national team. 

Truth is that she has been a regular feature for Nigeria so far Women football is concerned in Africa and World Cup stages.

In short, she is one of the experienced players currently holding on in the team and her role is never hidden or in question whatsoever.

She does not deserve what Aisha Falode and her fellows in the NFF executive board have been melting out on her for her patriotic roles in the service of fatherland.

We are all aware how Aisha Falode entered the executive committee of the NFF through fiat in short, undemocratically as stipulated by FIFA and CAF the single handiwork of her brother, Amaju Pinnick who was hell bent on bringing her (Aisha Falode) to represent Women on the ape football governing body in the country after she suffered several rounds of electoral defeats by Dilichukwu Onyedinma.

Falode was forced into the board to represent Nigeria Women Football League without election because she would be defeated as a serial loser she has been known for.

However, since she took charge we have witnessed sour relationship between her and the players of the Super Falcons and the coaching crew. 

In short the women national sides. Her administrative acumen can better be imaged than described.

For the records I don’t have anything against Aisha Falode as a person but frowns vehemently the way and manner she administers and her relationship with her subjects. Super Falcons players are the major reason why she is in the NFF executive committee board by appointment instead of election which is the norm in football federations’ all over the globe.

We turned blind eyes to that abnormality by Amaju Pinnick that smuggled her through the window and she as usual has been pin on the neck of some players and why she made Desire Oparanozie the escape goat of the maltreatment of the team in Africa Women Championship where the same Desire Oparanozie scored the crucial lone goal that gave Nigeria the trophy against Cameroun leaves keen observers of Super Falcons puzzled thus far.

Recalled that Super Falcons players refused to come back until their allowances and monies owed over the years paid. It was an international embarrassment for the country though Nigeria has long lost her bearing and face globally as such silly attainments are never new to her and also meant nothing too.

The imbroglio was resolve after the said payments were effected accordingly.
Then the NFF did away with hardworking coaching crew led by ex-international, Nkiru Okesieme that won the laurel. An arrangee journeyman white coach was hired and we all knew how the man performed and how he abandoned the team.   

Today Randy Woldrum is in charge of the Women team and just the other day when the Super Falcons invited players for national team assignment was released Desire Oparanozie name was missing again. 

Inquiries on why this experienced and exposed player’s name was missing again, nobody was ready to present cogent answer (s). It is Nigeria for you. Whatever role this player played during the collective action of the girls during that genuine agitation by the players ought not to be shifted or driven as personal.

The best way to go remains as the rest of the players have been let off the hook, the continued holding of Desire to it remains injustice and unaccepted by civilised pundits, analysts and sundry.

Aisha Falode, her master, Amaju Pinnick and all that have held one ill feelings or the other against this very obedient player that has always propelled her team mates to greater glory in and off the pitch must forthwith let her go and join others in their quest to place Nigeria’s name in respectable position in senior Women World Cup calendar.

Desire Oparanozie will as experienced player join such with her colleagues to do Nigeria proud. We all saw how US and other countries have used their experienced players to stun their opponents including Nigeria one time or the other at the World Cup. We must stop this nonsense age long attitude of behaving like demented hen that sucks its fines eggs.

Aisha Falode and Amaju Pinnick must tell Nigerians why Desire Oparanozie’s name is again not among the players for the current national assignment.
This columnist is not losing sight that Amaju Pinnick is a heady arrogant fellow and his often personal decisions have affected the performance of the country in championships and qualifiers of late. NFF is not his private estate and so players must be free from these unnecessary intimidations that we have witnessed severally in this his regime. His conspiracy with Aisha Falode against Desire Oparanozie is against Nigerian state. There should be a change of heart; Nigerians and Falcons team heed her services. She is in super form and a first team player in her club.
Before one draws the curtain, let me say unequivocally that I have not met this player before and may not ready recognise her one on one therefore this write up is strictly for the desire and for the good of this beautiful game. It is also to say no to injustice to especially one that never deserve such. Desire Oparanozie has paid her dues and must be treated like a heroine she and others are.

Nigeria as country that calls in her experts on the eve of earthquake must not treat this player with the way and manner some Super Eagles players were treated that led to their quick retirement from the national team.
One must commend the maturity of Desire thus far which has shown her level of discipline and comportment. I salute your super sportswoman ship level. We are keenly watching and trust this digital newspaper and this columnist will keep tabs and report back. We are capable. Keep shooting hard till next week as the Struggle Continues!!


Source Daily Sports

Posted May 31, 2021


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