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U-20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets beat Canada, face Holland in q’final

U-20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets beat Canada, face Holland in q’final

Nigeria’s U-20 girls, Falconets, set a World Cup group stage perfect record for themselves after beating Canada 3-1 in Alajuela on Thursday morning to finish with a perfect nine points out of nine in Group C.

Head Coach, Chris Musa, said before the encounter that his girls would seek to win even as a quarter-final ticket was already in the bag, in order to sustain their winning mentality following hard-fought victories over France and Korea Republic.

That was exactly what the Falconets did.
Africa’s best team conceded their first goal of the competition in an accidental manner, following goalkeeper Omini Oyono’s poor management of a backpass from Jumoke Alani that granted Kala Novak a fortuitous goal in less than two minutes.

“It was great for us to come back from that setback, and also conceding first in the tournament. We showed character and spirit, and that would be huge for us going forward in the competition,” Musa said after the match.

Midfield impresario Esther Onyenezide, whose vicious curling shot earned all three points against Korea Republic to send the Falconets into the last eight on Monday morning, scored from the penalty spot in the 24th minute to pull the Falconets level. Defender Mia Pante had handled the ball from a Blessing Okpe shot in the box.

The Falconets looked composed and surefooted in the middle with the return of Deborah Abiodun, who sat out the encounter with the Koreans, and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu also played an inspired game after starting for the first time in the tournament. Her firm header from a Blessing Okpe cross in the 15th minute missed narrowly.

Onyenezide shot Nigeria ahead, also from the spot, in the 32nd minute minute, after Simi Awujo’s dangerous play against Mercy Idoko, as the latter went for a header from Rofiat Imuran’s inswinger, was penalised.

In the added time of first period, Idoko came close to scoring her first goal of the tournament, but her touch from another Imuran inswinger kissed the upright.

In the second half, the Falconets added pace and brilliant use of space to their game, and it was no surprise when Imuran, again with a visionary cross, set up substitute Chioma Olise for Nigeria’s third goal.

Their imperial campaign in the group stage earns the Falconets a quarter-final date with the Netherlands in Alajuela as from 1am on Monday (Nigeria time).

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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