Abuja - The Falconets’ preparation for the 2016 FIFA U20
Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea is being threatened, following the
incessant demand from clubs in the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) for
their players for League matches.
Head Coach Peter Dedevbo and his technical crew are facing
hurdles in tinkering the team into shape for the tournament billed for next
month as clubs have continued to disrupt their World Cup training schedule.
Dedevbo on Tuesday agonised that within the two weeks since
his camp commenced, he has released players on several occasions for club
engagements. He lamented that while he was still contending with the late
arrival of overseas –based players, Clubs like Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens
and Nasarawa Amazons, whose players make up the bulk of the invited home –based
girls in the camp, want all their players returned for midweek and weekend
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"This situation is not easy for me and my technical
crew because a lot of the players we need to work with are being dragged away
by their clubs to honor midweek and weekend League matches. Bayelsa Queens,
Nasarawa Amazons and Sunshine Queens want their players for matches throughout
the week till October 27.
“This is frustrating my training schedule because it means I
have only few days to work with the full compliment of players before we leave
for the tournament. I have always built the foundation of my team on the home
–based players. The absence of players affected the trial match we had on
"I understand that they need these players to do well
in the League, but we are running out of time and we need to draw a line
between national interest and club interest.”
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- News24 Nigeria