Seyi Akinwunmi, vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation has blamed the women’s team’s recent poor performances on lesbians.
Seyi said: “Lesbianism kills teams. People are afraid to talk about it. The coaches also take advantage of the girls, so there is much more to build in female football.”
Nigeria’s women’s team failed to qualify for the Olympics in Rio this summer and were heavily criticized for their efforts in the All Africa Games last year.
This is not the first time that people in Nigerian sports are talking ill about homosexuality.
It can be recalled that in 2011, Eucharia Uche who served as the head coach for the Nigeria women’s national football team made series of homophobic statements, and condemned homosexuality, claiming that lesbians were causing serious problems for her team.
She said: “Yes, the lesbians in our team were really a big problem, but since I’m coach of the Super Falcons, that has been cleared up. There are no more lesbian players on my team. I cannot tolerate this dirty life.”
She repeated her sentiments in a similar manner in a New York Times interview in which she claimed being gay was ‘spiritually and morally very wrong’.
Her senseless and negative remarks were later condemned by FIFA.
There is absolutely no sense in what Seyi is saying, except he is just trying to scapegoat homosexuals for his inability to provide his team with the needed adequate training, and has now turned to play the blame game.
It doesn’t just make sense. How exactly does a person’s sexual orientation affect him/her from doing well in sports? A person’s sexual orientation is a person’s private life. After all, there are lots of female and male homosexuals out there in different parts of the world doing very well in sports. There are lesbian players like Lisa Dahlkvist, Katie Duncan, Nilla Fischer, Isabell Herlovsen, just to name a few.
What I see is someone not doing his job, and just looking for where to point fingers.
Seyi do your job, talk about fitness, team selection, skill levels, technology, equipments, experience, etc. These are some of the actual things that you should be looking at, not who people are sleeping with.
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It’s just crazy the level of ignorance and the level at which some people will descend to, just to blame anything on homosexuality.