NFF VP Denies Blaming Lesbianism For Falcons’ Poor Performance – The vice-president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi has denied factoring lesbianism as a problem affecting the Super Falcons.
“Lesbianism kills teams,” Akinwunmi had been quoted as saying in a meeting with the Oyo State Chapter of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria. “People are afraid to talk about it. The coaches also take advantage of the girls, so there is much more to build in female football.”
Akinwunmi has since come out to claim his statements were twisted. “I noted that one of the problems we have encountered in trying to raise funds for the women’s game, is the perception of lesbianism therein,” he said.
“We strongly believe that there are still potential sponsors out there who will lend their support to help us develop our female teams because of the glory that these girls have brought to this country and their enormous potential to do even more.”
The Oyo state chapter of SWAN also came out to defend the NFF VP. “We wish to place it on the records that the observations of Barrister Akinwunmi, who is the first vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is being interpreted out of context and being promoted in negative connotations by those bent on mischief, most of who were not present at the forum,” the SWAN said in a statement.
“The NFF 1st vice President in his response to the question by one of the participants began by avowing his huge passion for women football and grassroots football which his administration as Chairman of Lagos State Football Association has championed.
“Among some other problems of running women football he highlighted were comparatively higher costs and lower returns on investment. He also pointed to the dearth of women football players arising from the place of women in traditional practices of the country and the concentration of interest by both corporate Nigeria and individuals on men’s football.
“His only mention of lesbianism was in general terms and not relative to women football and it in no way suggests an opinion on sexual orientation of any player. Sexual restriction in football camps is also enforced in men’s teams and the reason is obviously to reduce the distraction from focusing on work.”