Former Super Falcons head coach, Eucharia Uche, has declared her support for the Aisha Buhari Cup, saying that with the tournament, future is assured for Nigerian women and the girl-child.
In an interview on Thursday, Uche, who led the Falcons at the 2011 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, said 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 the First Lady for putting her weight behind women’s football in Africa. We pray for more support for the women’s game, which has come to stay. There is no going back,” Uche 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’s football, most of the talented players are from very poor homes. These are the ones who were fortunate to be discovered to become club, national and international stars, who ended up becoming the breadwinners of their families and even legends in the game.
“Meanwhile, a large percentage of the girl-child who were not discovered to play football and other women’s sports, found themselves on the streets doing all sorts of things we may not want to talk about here.