July 4, 2011
Lesbians were 'big problem' -- Nigerian coach
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
Canada can thank Nigeria coach Eucharia Uche for taking some of the spotlight away from their poor performance in the Women's World Cup.
Canada and Nigeria play out the Group A schedule Tuesday. While Germany and France move on to the quarterfinals, Canada and Nigeria go home.
But Uche left her mark on the tournament.
The former Nigeria national team player isn't partial to players who happen to be lesbian. In the past, Nigeria reportedly has banished gay players from its women's team.
After Nigeria lost their opening group game 1-0 to France, Uche said she has acted to remove any lesbians from the Super Falcons.
"Yes, the lesbians in our team were really a big problem," she said. "But since I'm coach of the Super Falcons, that has been cleared up. There are no more lesbian players on my team.
"I can not tolerate this dirty life."
Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, said he had no knowledge of Nigerian players ever being forced off the team because of their sexual preference.
But FIFA did tell Uche to keep her comments "neutral."