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Amaju Pinnick explains why NFF neglected Super Falcons

21:26 GMT+3 07/12/2017
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The African queens have enjoyed no support over a year and the NFF boss has offered reasons behind their neglect of them

The president of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has opened up on the reason for the neglect of the Super Falcons.

Pinnick said that the need to propel the Super Eagles to Russia 2018 World Cup saw less attention given to women’s team.

The Super Falcons have had no friendly game or camping since they defeated Cameroon to win the Africa Women's Cup of Nations last December in Yaoundé.

The 12 months hiatus experienced by the reigning African queens has continued to generate heavy criticisms from fans, media, and players - with striker Desire Oparanozie the latest.

And the federation boss has apologised for body’s inadequacies in regards to the ladies, and has vowed to put things right.

"I apologise to them publicly - we have been trying to intensify our efforts in rebuilding the Super Eagles [Nigeria's men's team] which we have done," Pinnick told BBC Sport.

"Now we have secured the services of a foreign coach from America [Randy Waldrum] who is going to resume next week.

"We have lined up a couple of matches for them and I have apologised to them because the truth is we wanted to concentrate on the [World Cup] qualifiers [for the men] which was quite intense," he noted.

Questioning over players of claims of no communication, He further said: "If they want to find out things they shouldn't go to the social media, they have their secretary, they have head of the female department.

"But they just go on air to speak which is very wrong and I told Asisat [Oshoala] that when she came to see me because if you are doing that you are chasing our sponsors away - they will look at us as if we are not responsible.

"We have been monitoring all of them at their various clubs, all their movement. It was not good enough but at least we have players in the big leagues all over the world," he concluded.