FIFA picks former Falcons coach, Omagbemi as match commissioner

Former Super Falcons coach, Florence Omagbemi is among ex-players picked by world football governing body, FIFA, as match commissioners in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which kicks off today.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) while appointing new coaches in 2017 left out Omagbemi, who led the Falcons to win the African Cup of Nations trophy in 2016 in Cameroun.

The decision did not go down well with many Nigerian football fans, who were of the opinion that Omagbemi was victimised by the NFF following protest by the players over non-payment of camp allowances and bonus after the Nations Cup victory in 2016. She was nomination by FIFA for the Coach of the Year award after her success in Cameroon.

Omagbemi left her base in the United States of America on Tuesday afternoon and arrived in Paris, France on Wednesday for the World Cup duties.

“I am happy to be part of the France 2019 Women’s World Cup as a match commissioner,” Omagbemi told The Guardian shortly on arrival in Paris. “I thank FIFA for the opportunity and I promise to play my role diligently.”

Before her appointment as Falcons coach in 2016, Omagbemi was part of the Nigerian U-20 Women team’s technical crew that got to the semifinal in Japan in 2012. She worked with former Falcons coach, Edwin Okon in Japan.

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