Super Falcons legend Florence Omagbemi has opened up on the Nigeria Football Federation’s decision to exclude her from the shortlist of coaches in contention for the women national team’s coaching job.
Omagbemi, who led Nigeria to an eighth African Women’s Cup of Nations title last year, says she is ‘shocked and surprised’ at not making the shortlist for the role of coach, despite being one of the 10 candidates on FIFA’s list for Women’s Coach of the year.
“I’m shocked and surprised that I was not even considered again or shortlisted for the role,” Omagbemi told BBC Sport from her base in the United States.
“I actually reapplied for the job even though I felt I had done enough to continue as coach of the Super Falcons.
“I feel honoured to have served my country as coach and I thank the NFF for that great opportunity, I have absolutely nothing against the federation or anyone there.
“I must also thank the players, my backroom staff and everyone in Nigeria for the support, which helped us immensely to achieve the targets given to us,” Omagbemi added.
It is understood that Omagbemi failed to submit a report at the end of the Falcons’ victory in Cameroon to the NFF as stipulated in her contract and this has made top officials of the country’s governing body upset at her.
The NFF are also against the 42-year-old’s managerial conduct during the Super Falcon’s protest over unpaid win bonuses but Omagbemi has refused to reply in kind.
“If that’s the path they want to follow, I can only wish them all the best and the country more success,” Omagbemi said.
The former African Women Footballer of the Year lost her father prior to the 2016 AWCON in Cameroon and six months after winning the title as the first-ever person to win it as a player and coach, she also lost her teenage son in tragic circumstances in Warri.
“I’ve had to deal with a lot since the end of that tournament in Cameroon, but that’s life,” said Omagbemi.