A former Super Falcons Chief Coach, Ismaila Mabo has said he is confident that given the necessary support, indigenous coaches can surpass the record of quarter-final he set with the female national team at the 1999 Women’s World Cup in the USA.
The former Green Eagles player who celebrated his 76th birthday yesterday was the head coach of the Super Falcons at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics.
The record of quarter-finals set by the team at the 1999 World Cup and 2004 Summer Olympics are yet to be beaten by any of Mabo’s successors.
Born on July 15, 1944, the former international told Daily Trust yesterday that he is vehemently opposed to the idea of hiring expatriate coaches for the female national team because he is convinced that a local coach can do better, if given a chance. (DailyTrust)