Former Super Falcons head coach, Eucharia Uche, has declared her support for the forthcoming Aisha Buhari Cup, saying with the tournament, the future is assured for Nigerian women and the girl-child.
Uche, who led Falcons to the 2011 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, told ABC media that the invitational tournament with the theme ‘Playing for Good’ under the Futured Assured Programme of the Aisha Buhari Foundation, is a project capable of taking the Nigerian girl-child and the women folks generally to greater heights in all endeavours of life.
“I give kudos to Her Excellency the First Lady for putting her weight behind women football in Africa. We just pray that more positive support like this continues to come for the gender game. Women football has come to stay; there is no going back,” Eucharia said.
She added: “For the Future Assured Programme, this is the right step in the right direction, because over the years, women and the girl-child have been poorly treated and marginalised in Nigeria and in Africa. And for women football, you know that, most of the talented players are from very poor homes. These are the ones who were fortunate to be discovered to become in the long run club players, national team players and international stars, who ended up becoming the breadwinners of their families and even legends in the game, while a large percentage of the girl-child who were not discovered to play football and other women sports, found themselves on the streets doing all sorts things we may not want to talk about here.
“If well propagated and messages disseminated across Nigeria and Africa during the invitational tournament, the days of seeing the girl-child stray into the streets unguided will soon be over. The girl-child and women can be put on the right pedestal early enough to discover their talents in various spheres of life, such that would make them useful to their families, Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. This is quite commendable by the First Lady.”
For the tournament proper, Eucharia admonished Nigerian players to take the competition serious and count each match as the Final.
The Siyom FC Chairman gave 100 percent assurance that the players are not going to be trafficked, but given the opportunity to launch their careers on the global stage in Europe.