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Bareman: Why Fifa chose Odemwingie in Women's World Cup Legend's squad

22:55 IST 16/04/2019
Odemwingie Peter - Women's World Cup
The Fifa official has explained the decision of the world's football governing body to include men in promoting France 2019

Fifa Chief women's football officer Sarai Bareman says that her organisation accepts the value in using men to promote the women's game.

23 football stars were named in a list for this year's Fifa Women's World Cup, comprising 13 women and 10 men.

One such player was former Nigeria international men's player Peter Odemwingie, who is a member of the legends squad accompanying the iconic trophy.

The choice of Odemwingie has subjected Fifa to criticism from the local media over snubbing Nigeria's women's legends, such as the likes of Florence Omagbemi and Perpetua Nkwocha.

Bareman explained Fifa's reasons for these selections.

"I can understand that there were a few eyebrows raised when some of the male legends were named to promote the Women's World Cup," Bareman told Goal.

"It's really important that we understand that women's football is not only about women. When you have a big star like Peter {Odemwingie}, he can't walk anywhere without people stopping him for photos and has a huge following.

"So, why shouldn't we use his voice and use his profile to promote the women's game? He's a big supporter of women's football and understands it.  It makes sense that we use male ambassadors to promote the women's game.

"But for sure, there are some amazing female players here in Nigeria. There was a video played about the history of the women's game in Nigeria and one name that comes to mind was Perpetual Nkwocha. She is incredible and was truly a legend.

"We need to use those profiles as well because If you are a young girl and step into the field, you want to be able to look at them and see role models that look like you and know that this is your pathway."