By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons midfielder, Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene said that the prime focus of women football in Nigeria should be on building a structure and developing the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL ahead of clamour for equal pay.
She said this during an Instagram live conversation on Channels Television.
“If equal pay happens, I will be happy. But right now, in Nigeria, we should focus on building a structure and develop the league. When that is achieved, then we can address the issue of equal pay.
Okobi-Okeoghene also asserted that playing for Delta Queens gave her the proper mentality to progress in her career as she compared women’s football in the United States of America, USA, and Sweden where she has played at club level to what obtains in Africa.
“Playing for Delta Queens gave me the right mentality to progress. In the Super Falcons, we are a team. No disparity between home-based and foreign-based professionals. We share one goal and that’s to achieve victory whenever we represent the country.
“Women’s football in the US and Sweden can’t be compared with what we have in Africa. We need to do more to develop the women’s game in Africa.
Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene was part of Super Falcons squad that won the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON trophy in Ghana as well as the side that made it to the Round of 16 at France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the team lost 3-0 to Germany at the knockout stage. She spoke on her experience at the last World Cup as well as her marital experience.
“We got the tactics wrong at the last World Cup. I expected more from the team. We were just doing hit and run football and that’s not our style. And it showed from our first game with Norway.
“Being married and playing football is not a big deal. All you need is love and understanding to make it work.” She concluded.
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