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FIFA Women’s W/Cup: Do not scold Falcons for crashing out, fans urge Nigerians

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Some soccer fans have urged Nigerians to commend the Super Falcons, rather than scold them for crashing out of the ongoing 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The national team was sent out of the tournament after losing 0-1, its third loss in the preliminaries to U.S., in the early hours of Wednesday.

Falcons in their three matches played in the preliminary round lost two and drew one. in their first match, the Falcons drew 3-3 against Sweden, then lost 0-2 to Australia.

In separate interviews with newsmen in Okitipupa, the enthusiasts commended the “team’s dedication, spirit and superlative performance’’, saying they could have progressed to the crucial stages, if only, they had put in enough effort.

They, however, urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to strive to expose the team’s technical crew to international workshops, ahead major events.

“There is also the need to re-strategise to break the World Cup jinx against a team like the U.S.. Fatai Amoo, a former Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach, described the exit of the Falcons as “unfortunate’’ in spite of their improved performance at the tournament.

He said that the team displayed high level skills, dedication and team spirit throughout the tournament, while urging Nigerians to applaud the team instead of chastising them. Idowu Akinbulumo, General Manager, Ondo State Sports Council who also commended the team urged them to improve on the standard of play in future competitions.

“I think the girls have proved that they are the African Champions, they only need to work more on their current form, I believe they can still get far at future World Cups,’’ she said. Kayode Bamiduro, a football analyst, said the technical crew needs to improve on their expertise.

“I think these girls are in shape, they only need more technical improvements to put them in proper form,’’ he said. Another sport analyst, Oluwatoyin Olafusi also praised the team’s coach, Edwin Okon for having worked hard to get the team to the world Cup.

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BreakingNews: Super Falcons win 9th AWCON

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Super Falcons of Nigeria has won the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations after beating the Bayana Bayana of South Africa.

This is the ninth AWCON that the Super Falcons would be carting home.

After the final match of the continental tournament lasted into extra time, the female teams ended up playing penalty shoot-out.

Super Falcons won 4-3, after South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo missed a penalty.

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Just In:Nigeria Beats Libya 4-0

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Odion Ighalo scores a hat-trick for Nigeria as they trounce visiting Libya national team 4-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

The match was played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Ighalo, who plies his trade with the Chinese club, Changchun Yatai, grabbed the first goal from the penalty spot after a blunder from the Libyan goalkeeper in the second minute.

In the 58th minute, Arsenal’s midfielder, Alex Iwobi, delivered a lovely pass to Ighalo who maintained his composure, dribbled the goalkeeper and scored his second goal for Nigeria. He completed his hat-trick 10 minutes later after latching on a cross from Ahmed Musa.

Samuel Kalu completed the Super Eagles victory at the 91st minute.

The Super Eagles are second on the table with six points from three matches behind South Africa who are on seven

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