Football Fans in Abuja have blasted Nigeria’s senior women coach Florence Omagbemi over the ‘undeserving’ national team call-up handed to US born defender Ogechi Ibe.
Irritated fans who watched Ibe questioned the rationale behind her invitation seeing her poor show in training at the Fifa Goal Project pitch in Abuja on Wednesday.
Joshua Adebayo, a spectator, told Goal: “How on earth can a rusty and poor player get invited to the Super Falcons? She is not deserving of this call-up at all.
“Her presence for me is a huge distraction. I don’t think Omagbemi knows what she is doing. She is just not fit for the national team. I’m disappointed.”
Another fan, Samson Ameh blasted the Nigeria Football Federation for permitting the invitation of such player stressing that Ibe has nothing to offer the national team.
“I really don’t know what she is doing here. The NFF must take action on this. She cannot even control the ball, heavy and lacks idea.
“I fear for the future of Nigeria football if awful players like this continue to get called up in the name of coming from American at the expense of better one in our leagues.”
When asked about Ibe’s call-up, Omagbemi declined commenting, insisting her focus on getting the team ready for Cameroon but assured only the best will make the final squad.
“I do not wish to comment on her for now. Because we have limited time to prepare for the tournament and my focus right now is to get the team ready," she told Goal.
“What I can assure Nigerians is that I and my coaching crew are focused on getting the team well prepared and promise to take the best to Cameroon.”