Reporter : UCHE NDEKE
Former Super Falcons player, Ms. Maureen Mmadu, has launched a football talent hunt for young girls aged between 10 and 15 with the aim of building capacity in female football and reviving their interest in the game.
The talent hunt tagged Anambra Football Kiddies Camp: Discovering The Next Super Falcons,” seeks to gather 300 talented or interested youths who would be in a camp between Dec. 19 and Dec. 23, 2020, for intensive on and off field training and mentorship.
Mmadu told sports writers in Awka on Saturday that in addition to training, each participant would get football kits, including bag, set of jersey, boots, shin guard, stockings and other accessories.
“I have played football at the highest level. I have played for European clubs where I also worked as Coach developer but now I want to give back to Nigeria, particularly Anambra where it all started.
“I want to build and develop female football. I want 300 girls of ages 10 and 15 for an intensive training camping.
The Ex-Super Falcons star, said she dreamt to produce future Super Falcons stars who would take over the sporting world even as she called on parents to make their children available for the opportunity to give them a good beginning.
“parents can go to designated points in Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha and obtain the application forms for their wards to be able to gain from the trainings and exposure that would be giving to the younger ones by selected professionals”
The former Super Falcons Assistant Coach also said she wanted to develop players that would form the nucleus of the Anambra Female Football club, which the state government was setting out to establish.
Mmadu, who had won a record 101 national caps in her career, one of the highest in Africa, said her desire was to have as many females as there were males in football so that they too could benefit from the fortunes and fame the round leather games could offer players.