2016 Olympics: Hamilton Sees Falcons Ouster As Wakeup Call

2016 Olympics: Hamilton Sees Falcons Ouster As Wakeup Call

By James Agberebi:

Former Super Falcons coach, Paul Hamilton, has described the team’s ouster from the race to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by Equatorial Guinea as a wake up call, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Falcons lost 2-1 despite scoring first through Ngozi Okobi, to crash out 3-2 on aggregate.

Speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com, Hamilton, said other African teams are fast closing the gap on Nigeria in women’s football.

“It was unfortunate that he Super Falcons have been knocked out after putting in their best. But I think this is a wakeup call on the team because they’ve been dominating for years and other African teams are now catching up,” Hamilton said.

“All hopes not lost, what they need to do is to pick up the pieces and work hard in order to get back to their best again, I believe they will bounce back.”


  • Jimi Morgan 3 years ago

    The ouster of the Falcons is 100% to be laid at the door of the NFF. Coach Okon was deposed after the World Cup and replaced by his unproven deputy. The NFF assumed Equatorial Guinea would be easy. Only Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea have won the Nations Cup. The NFF must be queried by the Government for that reckless assumption.

    Why was coach Okon fired? He was accused of under-performing at the World Cup. The expectations were unjustified, reckless and unrealistic based upon wishes rather than reality. How many matches did the Falcons play leading to the World Cup? 1 match only, away to Canada in the week before the tournament. We were in the Group of Death, against USA ranked no 1, Swesen ranked no 5, and Australia ranked no 10. Nigeria was not ranked in first 30. We drew against Sweden 3-3, and lost 0-1 to the USA playing with one player short for 20 mins. Both good performances. One could be justifiably disappointed only with Aussie result. But one could understand it was cause of excitement about praise worthy result against Sweden in previous match. Even the most successful coaches don’t always perform great in every tournament.

    The NFF stands indicted.

    If Nigeria under Oliseh do not qualify and win minimum of bronze at next Nations Cup, the NFF must resign honourably.

    Too long the coach gets blamed. The NFF which is the real culprit is never blamed. Individual poor performance is also almost always ignored, thus not discouraging errors by players. For instance in the World Cup against France. Odewingwe gave away a needless dead ball that led to a goal. Mikel disappeared during the game. And yet the coach was blamed.

    God bless Nigeria.