NFF Vice President clarifies statement on lesbianism

Muhammad Tahir Hassan, Abuja

The 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has clarified a statement attributed to him on Lesbianism in Nigerian football.

Various local and international press quoted Akinwunmi as saying lesbianism is the major problem affecting female football in Nigeria.

In a statement made available to newsmen, Akinwunmi stated that he was a guest on a programme of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter and while responding to questions from members of the press, on a wide range of issues in Nigerian football, including women’s football, he made this statement.

“I noted that one of the problems we have encountered in trying to raise funds for the women’s game, is the perception of lesbianism therein, as many of our potential sponsors have shied away from supporting the women’s game because of the misconception that it is synonymous with lesbianism.

“These potential sponsors have decided to err on the side of caution and have opted to stay away from supporting our female teams rather than be caught up in this maelstrom. Unfortunately, a few other persons have also taken advantage of this misconception to cause division and disaffection in some of our female teams, thereby stunting their growth.

Barrister Akinwunmi expressed shock at the mischievous and uncharitable version of the interview that he has come across in some news reports. According to him:

 “I informed the pressmen gathered there that the NFF, of which I am the Vice-President, is sparing no effort to correct this erroneous perception and to spur the growth and development of the women’s game, that we strongly believe that there are still potential sponsors out there who will lend their support to help us develop our female teams because of the glory that these girls have brought to this country and their enormous potential to do even more.

The NFF Vice President went further spoke on the commitment of the NFF in promoting female football.

“We see it as our duty to continue to promote the women’s game to attract the sponsors/supporters that will take this key area of our sport to the heights it should attain and that the Lagos State FA had indeed last month dedicated the second half of 2016 to the growth of Women Football.”