The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the appointment of Christopher Danjuma as the caretaker coach of the Super Falcons; replacing Edwin Okon.
Okon before the announcement, was the coach of both the Senior Women’s National team and reigning NWPL Champions (which he’s still in charge of), Rivers Angels.
He took over the role from Kadiri Ikhana in August 2013- who resigned in November 2012; a fallout of Nigeria’s fourth-placed finish at the AWC in the same year-.
The gaffer took the Falcon’s to the on-going Women’s World Cup in Canada where they crashed out at the group stage.
However, he has not had his current contract renewed.
Speaking over the weekend in Abuja via the NFF website, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu confirmed the news which was unsurprisingly making the rounds
“We commend Okon and his crew for the services rendered to the country, and they did well to reclaim the African Women Championship title for the country in Namibia in October 2014, thus qualifying the team for the Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“The contract given to the crew has elapsed with the Women’s World Cup in Canada. Mr. Christopher Danjuma will now take over the team in acting capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive coaching crew, which process is ongoing” he stated.
Christopher Danjuma who until recently was assistant to the polarising character, Edwin Okon, will see his contract run through the duration of Olympics qualifiers. First up is the first leg against familiar foes, Equatorial Guinea, on the 18th of July.
This further fuels reports that the Federation is looking to hire a foreign coach imminently.
The Federation has assured of adequate preparations, one that has been their greatest criticisms, as the girls battle in their quest for one of the two coveted tickets to Rio 2016.
“The team will soon move to Port Harcourt to get used to the pitch on which it will play Equatorial Guinea in the third round of the Olympics qualifiers. The NFF will provide everything that the needs to succeed” said Chief Felix.
Rio 2016 will hold between August 5 to August 21 and the Super Falcons will be seeking to make it a fourth appearance and since they last participated in Beijing 2008.
‘Janine is a TV/Radio Sports Presenter/Correspondent and Web reporter for SPORTON Nigeria. She also covers Africa Women’s football for various portals including the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) and The Women’s Game