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NFF drops Edwin Okon, appoints acting coach for Super Falcons

29 June 2015, 20:06Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Edwin Okon’s business as head coach of Nigeria’s senior national women’s team, Super Falcons has ended with the Nigeria Football Federation refusing to renew a contract that ended with the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

The NFF has consequently replaced Okon with his assistant, Christopher Danjuma as Head Coach of the Super Falcons in acting capacity.

The Super Falcons failed to make it beyond the group stage despite conquering Africa with a promising team going to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Okon led the Nigeria girls to a 3-3 against Sweden, before going ahead to lose 2-0 to Australia and 1-0 to USA, crashing out of the world cup with just one point.

Also read: Okon blames lack of focus for Nigeria’s exit

Speaking in Abuja, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, praised the efforts of the former technical crew headed by Okon, saying they did their best within the period they were in charge of the team.

“We commend Okon and his crew for the services rendered to the country, and they did well to reclaim the African Women Championship title for the country in Namibia in October 2014, thus qualifying the team for the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“The contract given to the crew has elapsed with the Women’s World Cup in Canada. Christopher Danjuma will now take over the team in acting capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive coaching crew, which process is ongoing.”

Anyansi-Agwu has also assured that the NFF will give the new Head Coach and his crew all the support to qualify the Falcons for the Women’s Football Tournament of the 2016 Olympics, billed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“The team will soon move to Port Harcourt to get used to the pitch on which it will play Equatorial Guinea in the third round of the Olympics qualifiers. The NFF will provide everything that the needs to succeed.”

Danjuma’s first assignment will be to see the Falcons past Equatorial Guinea, with the first leg in Port Harcourt on Saturday, 18th July and the return leg in Bata on 2nd August.

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