Paul Edeh, Proprietor, Naija Ratels FC of Abuja, has called for the integration of more young players into the Super Falcons to make the team more robust and competitive.
Edeh told the News Agency of Nigeria that with the FIFA Women’s World Cup slated for 2023, a blend of experienced and young players would make the team more formidable for the task ahead.
The football administrator who commended the Falconets for booking a place in the quarter-finals of the ongoing U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, said the future of Nigeria women football was bright.
NAN reports that the Falconets on Thursday, defeated Canada 3-1 to top Group C and cement qualification for the quarter-finals where they will clash with Netherlands on Sunday.
“I want to commend the Falconets for qualifying in grand style for the quarter-finals of the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. “I have always believed that if we have players from the grassroots playing in our various national teams, we would excel and that is what the Falconets have shown,” he said.
Edeh whose Naija Ratels FC of Abuja team made an impressive debut in the just concluded Nigeria Women Football League Premiership (NWFL) season stressed the need for more attention for female football.
He advised the technical crew of the Super Falcons to explore the possibility of gradually drafting outstanding players from the Falconets to the senior team ahead of the mundial.
“I believe the gradual integration of some of these young players (Falconets) into the senior national team will make our team more robust, ” he added.
Edeh said he would continue to work with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other relevant stakeholders to organise, nurture and promote grassroot women football in Nigeria.
NAN reports that the Super Falcons in July at the 2022 WAFCON in Morocco qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup slated for Australia and New Zealand.
The nine-time African champions were however criticized for needing more zest, after finishing fourth in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) and failing to retain their title.
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The Nigeria team on Wednesday at the ongoing 10th FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica advanced to the quarter-finals in grand style.
The Falconets qualified by setting a World Cup group stage perfect record for themselves after beating Canada 3-1 in Alajuela.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the feat enabled them to finish with a perfect nine points out of nine in Group C.
In spite of hard-fought victories over France and Korea Republic, the Nigerian side were favourites to win the match even though they had already secured a final eight place.
They did concede their first goal of the competition in the match, but they never looked back after drawing level thereafter.
Goalkeeper Omini Oyono’s poor management of a backpass from Jumoke Alani granted Kala Novak a fortuitous goal in less than two minutes after kick-off.
“It was great for us to come back from that setback, and also conceding first in the tournament.
“But we showed character and spirit after that, and that would be huge for us going forward in the competition,” team head coach Christopher Danjuma said after the match.
Esther Onyenezide, whose vicious curling shot earned all three points against Korea Republic late on, to send the Falconets into the last eight Sunday, soon drew them level.
She scored from the penalty kick spot in the 24th minute after Canadian defender Mia Pante had handled the ball from a Blessing Okpe shot in the penalty box.
The Falconets did look composed and surefooted in the middle with the return of Deborah Abiodun, who sat out the encounter with the Koreans.
Chiamaka Okwuchukwu also played an inspiring game after starting for the first time in the tournament.
Her firm header from an Okpe cross in the 15th minute had missed narrowly.
Onyenezide however went on to shoot Nigeria ahead, also from the penalty kick spot, in the 32nd minute.
This was after Simi Awujo’s dangerous play against Mercy Idoko was penalised, when Idoko went for a header from Rofiat Imuran’s inswinger.
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 brushed the upright.
In the second half, the Falconets added pace and brilliant use of space to their game.
It was no surprise then 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 on Sunday.
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Abuja soccer fans hail Falconets, urge team to break Jinx Abuja soccer fans hail FalconNAN) Some football enthusiasts in Abuja have hailed Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team’s brilliant performance in the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the Falconets are paired in Group C along France, South Korea and Canada.
They began their campaign on Aug. 12 in their group stage with a 1-0 win over France and on Sunday, defeated South Korea 1-0. The goal against South Korea on Sunday was scored by Esther Oniyenezide, in the 83rd minute, the only goal that pushed them to top of the group.
They are expected to play the final group stage on Thursday against Canada.
Speaking in separate interviews with NAN in Abuja on Tuesday, the soccer enthusiasts said the team had done the country proud and urged team to break the Jinx by lifting the title.
Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT Chapter, Bunmi Haruna, said the girls performed extremely good.
For them to win two consecutive games at the World Cup is a bravo.
He said It was nice to see the Falconets win two consecutive games at the World Cup.“ The world cup is the biggest stage of football, so to achieve two wins in a row is no fluke.
Kudos goes to the coaches and players for making the country proud.
He advised them to keep it tight and remain focused, to reach their set up target.
Assistant coach, National under-17 Team, Haruna Ilerika said the girls were seriously trying their best.
Coach Ilerika urged them to keep the flag flying because It was not easy to have played two matches and won.
“We are not sure of qualification yet even though we think we have qualified but till after the last group game that is when we know and we could say whether if we have qualified or not,” he said.
However, the system and strategies adopted by the team in the first two games showed that they had lots of qualities in training and the coaches in the team did wonderfully well on the girls.
He said the players’ marking abilities were excellent, observing that they attacked in mass and didn’t loose focus and their recovery rate was superb.
“ They have this ability to be able to chase the opponent around and don’t allow the opponents to play.
He said the approach made them to subdue their opponents from playing because they knew most of these opponents’ tactics and were quite good in ball distribution, compared to any African side.
“ They were able to frustrate both Korean and France teams from their techniques and allowed them to resort to playing our own techniques because the more we frustrated them the more it becomes advantage to us in the game .
“ They ( falconets) are now becoming a dangerous team to play, which makes them a good team.
The spirit of oneness in the team, let it continue,” he said.
“Falconets are playing on Thursday, if we get a draw at most, but if we win, we are happy.
“ We have played in the past; we played on the final twice and much is expected of them.
I want to wish them best of luck as they go out in their next game,” he said.
A teacher and football lover, Oluwaseun Adetunberu, urged the falconets to keep their eyes on winning the title.
He said next stage of the competition would be our challenges and this would be tougher than those they had surmounted.
The teacher said the girls had made Nigerians proud on the basics but the only means was for them to lift the title.
He said that government had been supportive because they knew the team could deliver.
“ 10th appearance is not just a thing to hammer on but victory is what we need.
You girls are performing to expectations but the only expectations is for you to raise your country’s flags and colour,” he said.
Chisoba Okechukwu, an optometrist and football lover, said that the falconets had highly technical midfielders capable of dictating the tempo of play with quick passing and movement.
He said no game was ever easy but the game was only getting harder and more intense.
He advised the team to ensure that they scored more points in first half, rather than late goals“ This is the 10th appearance, we hope you could fight that back by winning the title for the first time.
We want you to achieve that years awaiting.
Halima Yashim, a student of University of Abuja and football lover, said that tougher matches were still ahead.
She said the girls needed to up their game in defence because they would meet Spain or United States who would be hard nuts to crack, as a fleet-footed team.
He said those teams could spoil the day for our team if care was not taken.
NAN reports that Falconets match against Canada comes up on Thursday at 03.00 a.
m.The FIFA champion in Costa Rica started on Aug. 10 and expected to end on 28.(www.
FCT FA boss charges Falconets to win U-Mohammed Mouktar, Chairman, FCT Football Association (FA) has urged Nigeria U-20 Women’s National Team, the Falconets to win the on going U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Mouktar made the appeal on Monday in Abuja after a novelty football match to mark his birthday celebration.
The chairman commended the Nigerian girls for defeating Korea Republic 1-0 on Sunday to zoom into the quarter-finals of the competition.
He urged the team not to lose focus, while taking each game at a time, till they reach the finals.
“The girls have displayed good spirit, they have taken it one step at a time.
“We are happy that they have progressed (to the quarter-finals) and of course whenever we go into such tournaments we expect them to go the whole hog and win the trophy,” he said.
He called on Nigerians to keep supporting the team to achieve the feat.
NAN reports that the Falconets who have booked a place in the quarter-finals after winning their first two matches in Group C, will confront Canada on Thursday in their last group game.
FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0 FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: FalcNigeria’s Under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated South Korea 1-0 on Sunday in their Group C Match Day Two of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) report that the Falconets got a vital boost at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto Stadium with the defeat of the South Koreans to reach the knock-out round.
The Falconets also got off to a winning start on Thursday with a 1-0 win over highly-rated France.
However, the South Koreans shot to the top of the group when they beat Canada 2-0.Falconets got on a sound footing with excellent passes to the admiration of few spectators but no goal to show for their display in the first half of the match.
They started very well, but their Korean opponents grew into the game, and even hit the post from a free kick but the Nigerian girls held on.
Both teams played almost all their tactics and skills all to no avail in the pursuit of a goal that never cameThe Falconets dominated possession with 64 per cent as against the South Koreans’ 36 per cent.
Both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets dominating in the second half of the game .
Esther Onyenezide finally scored for the Falconets in the 83rd minute of the game for the winning goal.
Nigeria will be up agsinst Canada on Aug.19 in their next match.
NAN reports that the victory lifted Falconets to the knockout rounds of the World Cup even before a final group game against Canada.
The Falconets were paired in Group C along with France, South Korea and Canada.
Meanwhile, in another match played earlier in Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 2-0.The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which started on Aug. 10, is expected to end on 28 in Costa Rica.
Reality TV show, Big Brother Naija “Level Up” edition, has continued to dominate social media trends since the show kicked off on July 23.The News Agency of Nigeria while keeping tab on trends, noted that a “record breaking” disqualification of a housemate and other dramas generated several reactions on the social media during the week.
On Aug. 7, BBN housemate, Beauty Tukura, known as Beauty, was disqualified after actions which Big Brother described as “out of line”.
Beauty had earlier in the week been given a strike for an altercation between her and Ilebaye, during which she pulled the housemate’s wig.
Also, on Aug.6, Beauty had a misunderstanding with Groovy after the Saturday night party and threw her wig and glasses at him while she also attempted to break the housemate’s microphone.
She was eventually issued a double strike by Big Brother, which made her the first housemate to receive a strike and also get disqualified in the first week before an eviction.
On Monday, Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel was arrested in Tanzania during his Afroclassic Tour after he did not show up for a show which he had been paid for.
The social media was agog after Kizz Daniel was seen escorted to a police station by policemen on the orders of the show promoter.
There were different reports alleging that Kizz Daniel refused to perform because his gold chain or some clothes were left behind on his previous flight.
Kizz Daniel’s Road Manager, however, in live streamed conference on Instagram with media personality, Daddy Freeze, said lack of coordination and proper arrangement of the slated event by promoters of the show led to the misunderstanding.
Kizz Daniel subsequently apologised for the incident and decided to perform at a later date for free.
While the social media was cooling off with Kizz Daniel’s arrest, reality TV show, BBN began trending after housemates Khalid and Daniella were seen making movements under the duvet.
The housemates turned lovers were wrapped under the sheets as the camera showed movements which viewers described as “aggressive cuddling”, on social media.
On Tuesday, Nollywood was once again thrown into darkness after the news of the death of 54-year-old filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, filled the air.
NAN gathered that Bandele has a yet-to-be-released work, “Elesin Oba” (the King’s Horseman),an adaptation of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s classic drama, “Death and The King’s Horseman”.
The movie which he directed for EbonyLifeFilms is slated to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, in September.
While the industry waa mourning the death of Bandele, another Nigerian filmmaker, Otu Njama, reportedly died on Wednesday after his lifeless body was discovered in his apartment at Badore, Ajah area of Lagos.
Njama, who was said to be in his thirties was reported to have seen his doctor before he was being told to get rest which he did but did not wake up after.
On Thursday, Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets), trended with about 20,000 searches in anticipation of their match against France at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The Falconets later defeated France 1- 0 after Flourish Sabastine converted a pass from Mercy Idoko to a late winning goal in the 85th minute.
On Friday, Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala, joined the trends after she was shortlisted for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or Award.
Oshoala was recently crowned the 2022 CAF Women’s Player of the Year. An award she won for the fifth time to surpass other contenders.
On Saturday, English Premiere League (EPL) team, Manchester United, trended with over 500, 000 searches on Google after the team suffered a 4-0 defeat against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.
This is, however, the team’s second loss of the new Premier League season after successful pre-season matches which had given fans hope of an interesting season.
Fans of other English football clubs have continued to troll Manchester United fans with memes suggesting that other games of the team be moved to kids channel for more serious ones to occupy the sports channel.
On the same day, Gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo, trended with over 20, 000 searches after she and her husband, Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa, tied the knot in a church ceremony.
Fans and well wishers have continued to congratulate the singer, after singer and politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, shared a photo of himself and the groom on his Instagram page.
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Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated France 1- 0 in their opening game of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica on Friday at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria’s women, playing in group C, began their opening match with their French counterparts but barely 32 minutes of the first half, the match was suspended due to heavy rainfall.
Centre Referee halted the match to save both teams from the bad weather.
On resumption, both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets showing supremacy in the game .
They dictated the pace of the match from the start and had the majority of ball possession with 52 per cent as against France with 48 per cent.
While both teams’ shots on goal against each other were tied, they also had one yellow card each.
On resumption in the second half, both teams struggled for the ball with Mercy Idoko trying to score for team Nigeria but the French goal keeper frustrated her efforts in the 56th minute.
France fought well few minutes later and netted the ball but was overruled by the referee.
In the 85th minute, Flourish Sabastine broke the deadlock with a Mercy Idoko’s pass which fetched them the late winning goal.
The French girls continued to fight back but were unable to get any goal until the game closed in favour of Nigeria.
Nigeria will face South Korea on Sunday in their next match.
NAN reportd that Falconets were paired in Group C along France, South Korea and Canada.
Meanwhile, in another match played earlier, the U.
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Falconets beat Senegal 4-1 in Benin on Mar. 26 to qualify for the World Cup holding from Aug. 10 to 28 in Costa Rica.(
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