Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie during the 2019 Ladies In Sports (LIS) conference at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, charged that the women’s senior national team be paid the same amount of money as the men’s national team, the Super Eagles.
According to her, the female national team has been the most successful team in Africa.
“I think we deserve equal pay. We are the most successful female team in Africa. We have done the nation proud. I believe we will get there, one step at a time,” Oparanozie said.
She also advocated for the Nigeria Women’s Football League to be televised, adding, “the Nigeria Football Federation must work on getting the women’s league on TV. With that, there will be more eyes on the league and sponsors can come in,” said the En Avant Guingamp striker.
The NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi revealed that sportswomen have to work harder to get recognition in today’s society.
“One of the things that can help Nigeria reach its potential is to give women opportunities in every area,” Akinwunmi said.
Oparanozie addressed the issue of equal pay while Coach Mercy Tagoe talked about her journey from being a footballer to a referee and a coach.
Amanda Dlamini urged footballers to prepare for retirement, as that made it easier for her to transition into sports broadcasting after she hung up her boots.
“Football is not your whole life. You need to get yourself ready for retirement. I had to go to the university to ensure I could do something after I retired,” Dlamini said.