I prefer a foreign coach for Super Falcons, says Shanghai Shenhua striker Francisca Ordega

By Monsurah Olatunji

Nigeria international and Shanghai forward Francisca Ordega has declared her support for the appointment of an expatriate for the Super Falcons.

The Super Falcons are without a substantive coach since the resignation of Thomas Dennerby last September and the Nigeria Football Federation has since launched the process to replace him before coronavirus pandemic.

The 26-year-old former Washington Spirit winger made her third appearances at the Women’s World Cup last year in France where she helped Nigeria to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in 20 years.

And the Invincible Angels product explained why she prefers a foreign coach over a local handler for the vacant Super Falcons coaching post.

“I think home-based players always find it difficult to play under foreign coaches at first, just the same way I had difficulty adapting to foreign coaching system my first time in Europe,” Ordega told

“Having played under both the local and foreign coach, I would say I prefer foreign to our home-based coach.

“Foreign coaches are more exposed and ways ahead in terms of handling training, giving instructions, understanding the basics of the game, using modern training facilities, mentality and have an unbiased relationship with players.

“I am not saying the home-based coaches are bad, just that the foreign ones are more exposed and understand football better.

“I am nobody to decide for NFF and I am good to play under any coach be it home-based or foreign. However, if I am to chose, I will go with a foreign coach. For the same reason, most Nigerians chose foreign products over home-based products.”