By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Former Super Falcons player, Vera Okolo says childbirth should not be a major hindrance on the path of the career of female footballers.
The 2004 CAF Player of the Year nominee made this statement during the 2021 SheFootball Conference with the aim of motivating girls to leverage their football potentials.
“I gave birth before I started playing football. Childbirth does not stop anyone from playing football. By the time a female player gives birth, she will become more responsible and tend to be more matured and know what you want in life. My giving birth was what motivated me to take the game so seriously and getting to that height.
“The most important thing in the game of football in s discipline. After discipline, they have to be dedicated and determined because, without determination, it means you don’t know what you want. If you are disciplined, dedicated, and determined, the sky will be your starting point.”
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With the theme: Women Football Development Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, the Realities Ahead; Okolo believed that football and other spheres will return to their normalcy after the pandemic.
She said: “Nigerians always believe that in every hurdle, we must cross over. I believe that at the end of the pandemic, things will return to normal.
“Despite the pandemic, the organizer was able to still put this together this year which is a very good one.”
The convener and host of the Conference who was also a former Super Falcons player, Ayisat Yusuf Aromire says the world has to adapt to the current realities and plans as she also motivated girls with her charge.
“We are all living in the world of abnormal. At the same time, we still have to adapt to that. The reality ahead is that we hope very soon, the pandemic will subside. This is for us to think ahead and not let this make us depressed.
For girls aspiring to be footballers, they have to be passionate (P), determined (D), and focused (F) which makes PDF.”
Ayisat Yusuf Aromire played for several clubs in Nigeria and Finland. She was a member of the Nigerian squad at the
2004 African Women’s Championship,
2007 Women’s World Cup and the
2008 Summer Olympics.
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