By MARIAH OLATUNJI
Ex Super Falcons player, Maureen Madu, has faulted insinuations in various quarters that lesbianism hinders the development of women football in Nigeria.
Sometimes past at a forum with sports journalists in Ibadan, the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi was quoted as saying lesbianism is responsible for lack of sponsorship for the female football in country. Mr. Akinwunmi has however refuted the report explaining that he was grossly misquoted even as the leadership of the Soorts Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Oyo StTe chapter also clarified that the report was not accurate tell representative of the address by the NFF top official.
But speaking with www.sportstalkafrica.com, the first Super Falcon player to wear 100 caps for the national team has raised voice against continuing suggestions that women footballers are mostly lesbians.
“No I don’t think so because for me like in Europe, you have to protect your own. Saying something like that if true he said it, is giving negative impact for our women football in Nigeria. If you want to sell a team or if you want to sell a club, when you go there, you have to project a good image because nobody wants to associate with failure, and nobody wants to associate with negative things”.
Madu who is in Nigeria to promote her energy drink, Watty, denied that lesbianism existed during her time in the national team.
“When we were in the national team, I don’t think it existed among us because the coaches we have then were very strict on this. Coach Mabo never allowed anything negative. You can imagine when we were being called into the national team, they don’t put friends together in the same room even when we travel they don’t put friends together in the same room, I don’t think it existed while we there”.