Connect with us

Sports

Danjuma expresses confidence as Falconets begin W’Cup campaign with France clash

Danjuma expresses confidence as Falconets begin W’Cup campaign with France clash

Nigeria U-20 women’s football team, the Falconets will be kicking off their World Cup campaign on Friday morning and head coach Chris Danjuma has expressed confidence in the girls.

Danjuma said he would be banking on the special ‘Nigerian Spirit’ to help the team prevail against France in their opening Group C clash.

Nigeria will face the Bleuettes, one of the favourites of the tournament, at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose.

“Playing seven matches in the African qualifying series toughened the team very well, and we have also worked on their psyche. Nigeria has never been also-ran at this level,” said the coach ahead of the opening game.

“Having reached the final twice and made the semi finals once, the Falconets have pedigree in this championship.

“We cannot afford to falter. We will take it one match at a time, beginning with the game against France.

“It will not be easy but we have what is known as the special ‘Nigeria spirit’ and we will go in there with confidence and belief in what we can do. We will play to our strengths – firm at the back and clinical at the fore.”

Meanwhile, Falconets midfielder, Deborah Abiodun said the team was already battle-ready and would give all it takes to make something out of the showpiece.

“This is a dream come true for all of us. We want to make all Nigerians proud and bring the World Cup to Nigeria,”she told FIFA.com.

After France, the Falconets will play against South Korea and against Canada in the other games of the group.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

seventeen + seventeen =

Sports

Sivasspor Injury: Ahmed Musa Completes Surgery

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain and Sivasspor winger, Ahmed Musa has confirmed he has undergone successful surgery to repair his left arm.

The 29-year-old picked up an injury while featuring for Sivasspor in a 2-1 Turkish Super Lig defeat against Ankaragucu at Eryaman Stadyumu on September 18.

The Nigerian attacker announced this on  Instagram on Wednesday, adding that he hoped to return to action soon

Sharing photos from his hospital bed with doctors standing beside him; he wrote:

“I just want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Allah for a successful surgery on my left arm.

” As we all know, no surgery is too minor so I am grateful for the competent doctors assigned to me for a job well done.”

“Also to you all, for your messages, prayers and words of encouragement.

” I hope to be back on the field soon stronger and absolutely better. Thanks everyone. @sivasspor.”

Continue Reading

Sports

Brazilian International, Richarlison Calls For Stronger Punishment Against Racism

Unless stronger punishment are handed out to culprits, racism in football would continue unabated.

Tottenham forward Richarlison de Andrade, stated this after a banana was thrown at him in the 19th minute of the friendly match between Brazil and Tunisia in Paris, on Tuesday.

The player, who ran towards the corner flag to celebrate scoring his side’s second goal in the 5-1 win at Parc des Princes, was stoned from the crowd.

Footage showed Manchester United midfielder, Fred, kicking the banana away, while other objects were also thrown onto the pitch.

Translated from Portuguese, Richarlison posted on Twitter after the match saying, “As long as they stay ‘blah blah blah’ and don’t punish, it’s going to continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time bro!”

The 25-year-old received plenty of messages of support on social media, including from former clubs America Mineiro and Fluminense.

Continue Reading

Sports

Algeria Defeat Eagles 2 – 1 In Friendly

The Desert Foxes of Algeria defeated the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles 2 -1  in a friendly match on Tuesday.

Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.

The team took the lead in the 8th minute after the ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth. The FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.

The pressure paid off for Algeria in the 40th minute. Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.

Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple of passes set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.

The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.

Nigeria will play Portugal next in an international friendly billed for November 17.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Trending