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    Abuja, Nov. 4, 2020 (NAN) A cross-section of stakeholders in women football in the country on Wednesday praised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the composition of its Women Football Development Committee headed by Ayo Omidiran.
    In separate interviews, some club owners and managers, as well as coaches and players, acknowledged that NFF has appointed knowledgeable and committed women to serve in the committee.
    They said the members, whose appointment was made known on Monday, possess experience and dedication which would lift the game in Nigeria.
    A former Secretary of Bayelsa United FC, Thelma Agara, said the committee members were tested and proven stakeholders.
    “They are people who will put their wealth of experience and integrity into use to develop women football in the country.
    “I am particularly excited that NFF chose Ayo Omidiran as the committee’s Chairperson.
    “She, aside from being a pioneer women football club owner, has also been a board member of the NFF Executive Committee, as well as FIFA and CAF committees, in the past.
    “Nigerians can count on her to lead the new committee well, with Aisha Falode as the vice-chairman,” Agara stated.
    On her part, a former Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Dilichukwu Onyedinma, said Omidiran’s appointment was the right way to go in developing the women game in the country.
    “NFF has selected right, especially with the calibre of the four media personnel who are well versed in women football, for the nine-member committee.
    “I believe the Women Football Committee will raise the standard of the game in the country with Omidiran bringing her wealth of experience and integrity to bear on the game.
    “The NFF did very well in picking them and I wish them well. I believe the members will take us to greater heights if the NFF gives them maximum support,” the recently-retired FCT Director of Sports said.
    Dan Evumena, a former national coach, believes the committee as now constituted would improve the game for women if given the enabling tools and environment to deliver.
    “Omidiran and her team are proven stakeholders in women football.
    “I am satisfied with the men and women the NFF has appointed into the committee because they are people who have dedicated so much to the game in the country.
    “The NFF should give them the enabling environment to raise the standard of the game to a higher level,” the former coach of Delta Queens Football Club said.
    Also, a former Super Falcons skipper, Evelyn Nwabuokwu, said she believed the Ayo Omidiran-led women football committee would give the game a big lift with their experience and commitment to women football.
    “NFF was spot on in the appointment of the nine members. They are tested and I trust them to give their appointment the best shot,” she said.

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