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Football | Nigeria

Jossy Lad wants the best for Falcons



Former Super Falcons' manager, Joseph Ladipo also known as Jossy Lad has advised the NFF to look beyond the side technical crew for Kadiri Ikhana's replacement.

Ikhana departed after he guided the beaten title holders to their worst performance at the African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

The other crew namely former Nigerian player, Rita Nwadike, Charity Enwerem, Bala Mohammed and Justin Madugu have remained silent after the team's poor outing.

Ladipo said the coaching pedigree of the quartet is in doubt to fit into the shoes of Ikhana.

"I don't know the coaching pedigree of other Falcons' technical crew. I don't even know the criteria that fetched them the job in the first instance.

"I know Rita Nwadike in her long playing days as dedicated, thorough and disciplined but I've not seen her as a coach. I think she just started.

"Maybe the NFF knows more about them than us but I think the task of rebuilding the team is demanding than any of them can cope with or handle.

"The Falcons' job is delicate and must be placed in a tested and competent hand, an experienced hand, who has a template to restore the team to its past glories," he said to supersport.com.

The former 3SC board chairman will not join the discourse over the suitable gender for the senior national women's side.

"Male or female coach can handle the team, I'm not aware of any separate coaching laws for either of the sexes. It's the same except the gender of players that differs.

"In Europe where the gender sensitivity is high their women coaches are more advanced than ours. I don't know how many competent women coaches we have in Nigeria.

"Of course, Eucharia Uche has proven herself in past assignments, I think the bottom line is to give the job to male or female who is competent and able to deliver the goods," he said.

Lad was in charge of the Falcons when they first lost the AWC crown in 2008 in the semifinals to hosts and eventual winners, Equatorial Guinea.

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