South African football legend Portia Modise has slammed Nigeria for its reliance on old players instead of giving opportunities to younger players as a reason for its downfall in Morocco.
The Super Falcons, who were reduced to nine players, lost 5-4 via penalties after full time and extra time ended 1-1 against hosts Morocco in Monday’s second semifinal game in Rabat.
Modise said during a media event organized by FIFA ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup:
One thing that I see in the Nigerian team is that they don’t want to let go of the senior players. They need to give the young players an opportunity.
Experience alone is not going to work.
I see players that I used to play against, but now I am retired, they are still there.
We need to give a chance to the young kids and young generation that are coming.
Only three players are aged 34 and older in the Nigeria squad. Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi is 39, Rita Chikwelu is 34, while goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi is 35.
Modise, 39, scored 101 goals for Banyana Banyana of South Africa during her career.
She retired in 2015 after playing for 15 years with Banyana Banyana.