Women Footballers Doing Better Than Men In Europe – Ayo Omidiran



A former member of the House of Representatives, Ayo Omidiran, says women footballers are making Nigeria proud than men in Europe.

Omidiran, a women’s football enthusiast, decried the poor treatment that the women footballers are subjected to.

According to her, women footballers deserve equal pay with their men’s counterparts.

She said this during an interview on PUNCH Online’s Stars Talks Football programme on Thursday.

The owner of Omidiran Babes said women footballers would do better if given the needed support.

While explaining the impact the Nigeria Women Football League could have on players, she said, “To be honest, we expect our women football to have gone beyond this stage.

“But in terms of individual development and impact, women’s football league has opened doors for most of our players. We now have players giving us more glories than men. They are making us proud than men now.”

She expressed displeasure at the inability of the Nigerian national team to dominate women’s football in the world.

Omidiran, who is one of the key stakeholders in women’s football in Nigeria, said the country has enough talent to compete at World Cup Semis and finals.

“We are still leaders in Africa, although we should be world leaders now. I am always pained that we still struggle to reach the World Cup quarter-final stage. However, the situation in Africa is not helping. We don’t have competitions,” the former Vice Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Sports added.

The PUNCH reports that Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala, was in December 2020 nominated for UEFA Fans’ Team Of the Year.

However, the four-time African women footballer surprisingly missed out of the 2020 FIFA Best nomination.

The former Arsenal Ladies star had an impressive 2020 campaign, winning the league title and also the Super Cup with FC Barcelona.

Also, Rasheedat Ajibade recently joined former Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal from Norwegian outfit Avaldsnes.

The Nigeria international joined Avaldsnes Idrettssenter on a two-year deal from Nigerian side Robo Queens in December 2018, helping them to a fifth-place finish, scoring five goals in 2019.

Desire Oparanoize’s wonder goal against Paris FC Women was one of the most-talked-about events in women’s football in 2019 and early 2020.

The 40 yards strike in the 92nd minute, which ended her eight months drought, earned her the Goal of the Week in the French women’s league.


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