The Nigeria Soccer Federation has disclosed that former Tremendous Falcons’ participant and one-time assistant coach of the staff, Maureen Mmadu didn’t play as much as 101 official matches for Nigeria as is being claimed by the previous participant and promoted in sure quarters.
NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, Ademola Olajire, stated on Monday that the Federation’s information confirmed that the previous midfielder performed 52 matches for the staff between 1995 and 2007 when she known as it quits with the Nationwide Group.
“Our information present that between 16th February 1991 after they performed their first official recreation (a FIFA World Cup qualifier towards Ghana’s Black Queens on the Nationwide Stadium, Lagos) and 18th September 2007 (when Mmadu featured in her final match for Nigeria towards USA in Shanghai throughout the 2007 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup), the Tremendous Falcons performed a complete of 103 official matches.
“Maureen Mmadu, who did excellently nicely for Nigeria whereas sporting the green-white-green, solely began enjoying for the staff throughout a FIFA Ladies’s World Cup match towards Canada in Helsingborg (which ended 3-3) on 8th June 1995, when she got here in for Ann Mukoro. Mmadu gained about 52 caps in all, and definitely not 101 as claimed in some quarters.”
The NFF insisted that it had grow to be needed to place the details out within the public house after accusations of gender discrimination towards the Federation by some former Tremendous Falcons’ gamers that the physique had honoured gamers like Joseph Yobo, Vincent Enyeama and Ahmed Musa who gained as much as 100 caps for Nigeria however discountenanced Madu.
“Earlier than the NFF honoured Yobo, Enyeama and Musa, we put out the official matches performed by every of them. The NFF has by no means recognized, confirmed, celebrated or promoted Maureen Mmadu as having gained as much as 100 caps for Nigeria. Anybody domiciling such data wherever is hanging on to unsubstantiable claims.
“There was little doubt that Madu gave her coronary heart out and labored assiduously onerous on the sphere throughout her time representing Nigeria. However she didn’t win as much as 101 caps. We problem these selling this fallacy to give you these 101 official matches.
“For avoidance of doubt, official matches (that qualifies for a cap) are matches performed sporting the green-white-green colors of Nigeria towards a staff sporting the colors of one other nation, and licensed as such by FIFA. Matches towards chosen groups, golf equipment or warm-up video games don’t qualify on this route.”