Women’s football Instructor, Fran Hilton-Smith
Respected women’s football Instructor, Fran Hilton-Smith of South Africa, flew into Nigeria on Thursday for the first-ever FIFA Women Coaching Seminar taking place at the FIFA Technical Centre, Package B of National Stadium, Abuja.
Hilton-Smith will conduct the five-day seminar, billed for October 20th – 24th, with the assistance of former Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Eucharia Uche.
Eucharia Uche, who led the Super Falcons to reclaim the African Women Championship title in South Africa two years ago, and also coached the team at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, played at the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.
NFF officials confirmed on Thursday that the Honourable
Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi will be the special guest of honour at the seminar’s formal opening ceremony at the Park View Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that the second FIFA Member Association Elite Course for referees, referee instructors and physical fitness instructors just ended in Abuja – one of the several high-profile coaching and refereeing courses that the Aminu Maigari administration has attracted to Nigeria since coming into office two years ago.
Among the 25 coaches who will take part in the course are Ann Chiejine, who was first-choice goalkeeper for the Super Falcons at three FIFA World Cup finals, the 2000 Olympic Games and several African Women Championship finals and Rita Nwadike, another former
Super Falcons’ star who is Assistant Coach of the current Super Falcons’ squad.