By IFEOMA OKAFOR, Awka
Ex Super Falcons player and Assistant Coach, Maureen Mmadu, has been inducted as Ambassador of Anambra State Football by the Caretaker Committee of the State FA led by Dr. Emeka Okeke.
The committee also used the occasion to appoint the ex international into the Women Football Committee which was earlier inaugurated to reform the comatose female football in the state.
Addressing journalists at the event held at the new state Football Association Complex in Awka, the chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Dr Emeka Okeke, said that the former Falcons player has a wealth of experience that will be vital in instituting a formidable female team in the state.
He regretted that female football had been in a comatose state for long in the state despite the fact that Anambra is a number one football state.
He called on stakeholders and lovers of sports to join hands in building a new vibrant sports state.
Okeke said, “As caretaker committee, we want to set a pace that the incoming executive cannot afford to ignore. Infect, in three months, we intend to achieve what is only achievable in eight years.
“We are here to work and we are not living any stone unturned. We want to raise as many female football clubs as we can, so that they can begin to compete among themselves. From there, we want select the best for the state. We will give our support the best way we can”.
In her speech, Mmadu said the appointment given was a call to duty saying that she will contribute her quite to ensure the state comes up with a reputable team.
She wondered why a state like Anambra was not in the women’s league table, noting that it was regrettable.
She said, “What l am here for is to give the best to the state, no half- baked, no connection games, you just have to be good to make the team.
“I am happy this is happening, I have long yearned for it. I started my football career in Onitsha precisely, Ado Girls. We have talented female players and we need to harness them for their good and that of the state”
Mmadu who also played and coached in Norway, thanked GovernorWillie Obiano for the initiative, and the state FA Caretaker Committee for honouring her with an ambassadorial position.