|Stephane Tchakam, Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA|
Eucharia Uche, the coach of the Nigerian national women’s soccer team, the Super Falcons’ has said she will use spirituality to combat lesbianism on the side.
Speaking about what she termed, “spiritual warfare”, she recently said, “I came to realize it is not a physical battle; we need divine intervention in order to control and curb it [lesbianism].”
As soon as she was hired as the first female coach of Nigeria’s powerful women’s national soccer team, Uche expressed her concern about rumoured lesbians on the national side, describing it as a “worrisome experience” at a seminar.
The Nigerian Sun newspaper reported Uche saying, “It’s a worrisome experience that some of out players indulge in lesbianism. Some of them go as far as renting rooms in hotels around the team’s campsite where they go to satisfy their orgy.”
Suggesting she had won the battle Uche said, “We now have a bunch of players that are thirsty for the things of God and with that, they are now more committed and devoted to their games, knowing that football can attract fame, fortune and joy to their hearts quite unlike lesbianism that can ruin them. The Christians among them now go to church and on our own, we periodically organise non-denominational prayer sessions.
“We have seen the result of our efforts and I can tell you that lesbianism is now a thing of the past in the camp of the Super Falcons.”
Commentators have said that the alleged lesbianism in the team spoken about by the coach is mere hearsay. Uche herself said she had never witnessed her own players participating in homosexual activity. Instead, she said she had relied on rumours, speculation and news media accounts, to form her belief that lesbian behaviour had been common in the Nigerian team.
Nevertheless, justifying her belief in the rumours, she said “When rumours are strong, you are bound to believe it is happening,” said in a telephone interview from Nigeria’s World Cup training camp in Saafelden, Austria.