Players, coaches and officials of Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons have been taken through a lecture on the tenets of integrity, which they are expected to uphold during and after the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The lecture, which was conducted by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) integrity officer, Barrister Okey Obi, took the team through details of signs, symbols and issues that constitute threats to maintenance of integrity in the round leather game.
Barrister Obi took the Falcons’ players, coaches and officials through the fine lines of integrity variables before they left Event Hotel Pyramide in Vosendorf, Austria, ahead of their departure to France on Tuesday.
The legal practitioner, who is the Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for Nigeria for the 8th Female Mundial, which starts this Friday in Parisa, France, told thenff.com how happy he was with the Falcons’ responses.
Obi, who rated the session as highly successful, said: “I was pleasantly surprised with the level of acceptability which actually surpassed my expectation.
“In order to generate, capture and sustain the interest of the players and the officials, I enlisted the buy-in of the Head Coach, Mr. Thomas Dennerby and the captain, Desire Oparanozie.
“I also made the presentation interactive, with one of the players, Onome Ebi, a veteran of several World Cups, Dennerby and an assistant coach sharing their experiences and helping with practical examples and potential situations of match manipulation.
“The players were very attentive and participated actively; they took pictures of the slides during the presentation.
“(They) appeared to truly like the features of the mechanisms, especially the anonymity of the reporting that considered the safety and security of the person reporting.
“Match manipulation, in one way or the other, poses serious threat to the careers of football players in particular and the growth and development of football in general.
“That is one of the reasons FIFA has made integrity briefings mandatory for teams heading to the FIFA World Cup finals.
“The briefing was a huge success considering that it was the first time this was happening in respect of women football.”