Following rumble-rouser comment “Lesbianism kills teams” made on Saturday by a first Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Seyi Akinwunmi, the governing body has said that the comments and the women’s game had been misreported in an “uncharitable version of the interview” reported in newspapers on Monday.
He was talking about a recent dip in form of Nigeria’s national women’s team, the Super Falcons, and was quoted in the Herald newspaper as saying that “lesbianism kills teams. People are afraid to talk about it.”
But the NFF says that Mr Akinwunmi had “touched briefly on the issue of lesbianism in Nigerian women’s football and its effect on fund-raising efforts for the game”.
The statements in concern stated thus;
“My passion for female football is as great as it is for grassroots football. But in reality, there are lots of problems with developing female football. It costs more and returns less. There are fewer players and less interest in female football than male football. But we have no excuse.
“Lesbianism kills teams. People are afraid to talk about it. The coaches take advantage of the girls, so there is much more to build in female football. Last year, I think the most problematic person to the chairman of female league was Seyi Akinwumi, I launched several attacks just to ensure things worked accordingly. So, I decided that look, if it’s so difficult for you, let us show you how it’s done.”