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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 September 2007, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
What next for women's football?
Nigeria in action against the USA
Nigeria are on their way home - how can women's football in Africa be improved?
The women's world cup has not been a great competition for Africa.

The continent's two representatives, Nigeria and Ghana, are both heading home after failing to make it out of the group stages.

Nigeria earned a solitary point from a very difficult group, whilst Ghana suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Australia and 4-0 drubbing by Canada.

This has been the fifth edition of the women's world cup, and an African side has only got out of the group stages once - when the Super Falcons lost to Brazil in the quarter finals in 1999.

So what can be done to improve the standard of women's football in Africa?

Ntiero Effiom
Coach Ntiero Effiom wants Caf and Fifa to act.

As his side prepared to leave China, the Nigerian coach Ntiero Effiom called for help from both the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and from football's world governing body, Fifa.

He wants more than two African countries to be allowed to compete at the world cup, and he wants a continent-wide women's club competition to match the Champions League or the Confederation Cup.

Would that be enough?

We asked for your views on what can be done to improve the women's game within Africa. Thanks for all your contributions. This debate is now closed, and a selection of your thoughts appear below.


I believe more club competitions should be organized for all the female clubs in Africa. This would keep them stonger and abreast with their counterparts from other continents. European coaches should also be employed to work with the female national teams in Africa. They should play constant friendly matches with teams from other continents.
Badejo Foluso, Nigeria

Do we really need our girls to be playing football? Who else is going to look after the house and kids? Sorry girls I did not mean to sound sexist but I am only reflecting our society and the stage it is at the present. Women's football in Africa is 40-50 years behind compared to European women. This is because African is still a male dominated society. The constraint on us is not lack of talent but that of economics. Until we develop our economies and leisure becomes widely available as it is, in developed economies, our women will continue to show poor performance.
Sonia Nash, UK

While Caf and Fifa can be expected to assist in the development of the female football in Africa, the goverment of each country also need to be more alive to the responsibility.How many African countries have a female football league? They must first show their readiness to promote the game before other help can come
Wale Abdulkareem, United Kingdom

We need to bring women's domestic leagues up to par with the men's leagues around Africa. That alone would make womens football in Africa much better.
Anthony, USA

In Africa most countries do not have a female league so most of the players only get their practice from high school games. Africa should consider a competitive female league.
Frungwa Eden morcho , Cameroon/USA

Many female talents are shying away from football because they feel football is a male dominated sport and the few women who play are considered tomboys. This mentality should be corrected by engaging in a widespread orientation beginning from the grassroots and aimed at the female youths. In addition, leagues should be created for the women in areas in the continent where they do not exist. They should be CAF Champions league too as we have for the men. Financial support should also be given to all the teams representing Africa by their different Governments and corporate organizations.
Uduak Ekott , Eket, Nigeria

Everyone who has watched the progression of Nigeria's Falcons would agree that they have arrived in the world. Nigeria hung in with USA, North Korea and Sweden, despite a mere two weeks preparation. My suggestion is more friendly matches; sustained planning and training; proven, experienced and result oriented coaches and better player compensation.
Lennox Anunwah, USA



SEE ALSO
Falcons coach wants Caf to act
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18 Sep 07 |  African


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