Coach Eucharia Uche’s last game in charge of the Super Falcons was Saturday in Cameroon following stunning revelations she has no contract with the Nigeria Football Federation.
Top officials informed MTNFootball.com that unlike the case of Eagles coach Samson Siasia, there will be no debate as regards the fate of Uche after she failed to qualify the women to next year’s Olympics in London.
“She does not have a contract with the federation,” simply informed a disappointed top NFF official.
Former international striker Uche was to have been eased out of her job immediately after she failed to qualify the team for the recent All Africa Games in Mozambique, but officials decided to give her a second chance.
That allowed her to lead the team to the World Cup in Germany, where the Falcons failed to go past the first round in a group that included hosts Germany and France.
On Saturday in Yaounde, the team she led to win a sixth African Women’s Championship title in November in South Africa lost out 4-3 on penalties after aggregate scores stood at 3-3 with Cameroon.
Nigeria will therefore not be represented in the women’s football event of the London Olympics for the first time since 2000.
Recent speculations now point in the direction of US-based Sam Okpodu to return to his former post as Falcons coach.
However, another former Falcons coach, Ismaila Mabo, said Uche was unfairly treated by the NFF as several assistants were imposed on her and she was constantly reminded she has to qualify for the Olympics or she is out of work.
“Uche has not been treated well by the NFF,” defended Mabo.