League football should not return soon, Club Chairman 

The Chairman of Adamawa Queens, Emmanel Zira has expressed that players and Management health is important than the return of football activities.

She stand Strong against the return of league football any time soon in Nigeria with the current increase rate of Corona Virus in the country.

NAIRASPORTS reports that football activities was suspended in Nigeria on March 18 after the completion of NPFL Matchday 25.

Zira speaking in a chat with said that any plan to have the league return any time soon will be insensitive on the part of the organisers of the league.

“We must put sentiment aside and look at the life of our budding talents, the life of our football administrator, the life of our referees, the life of our match commissioners, we cannot begin to put people’s lives at risk. We don’t have the kind of healthcare facilities that those countries have and even at that those countries are not playing.”

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It’s Time for New Challenge, Oparanozie Explains Guingamp Exist

Nigeria’s Super Falcons striker, Desire Oparanozie has explained why she left French Club, Guingamp after Six years.

NAIRASPORTS Reports that Oparanozie announced her departure from the club on Monday on Social Media.

Former Bayelsa Queens and Wolfburg player joined Guingamp in 2014 where She made 106 appearances and scored 45 goals.

Super Falcons star said that she is ready for a new challenge led to her exist from Guingamp.

Speaking to the Black Ballers Podcast from her base in France, the 26-year-old said she will make her next move when the coast is clear.

“I’ve been here for like six years and I’m at the end of my contract – it will actually expire in June,” the 3-time African Women Cup of Nations winner explained.

“But I’ve stayed here for too long, I just want something new, I want a change, I want to explore, I want to see what’s out there for me. That’s why I am not renewing (my contract), that’s why I want to move on and see what’s out there for me.

“But at the moment, with the situation of things around the world, we are still working on the best possible situation. So, once it’s time to let the world know, I will definitely put it out there. But at the moment, I’m just focusing on being healthy first, and then, let’s see what happens in the future,” she said.

She made 35 appearances for the Super Falcons and scored 22 goals.

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AWCON 2018: Super falcons thrash Guinea,advance to semi final

Nigeria’s Super Falcons Saturday evening booked their place in the semifinals of the 2018 CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations with an emphatic 6-0 win over Equatorial Guinea at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The goals account was opened by Atletico Madrid’s Francesca Ordega ten minutes into the game with a sweet finish as she side footed the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Emilia.

Soon after the first came the second goal for Nigeria, Africa Women’s Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala the scorer who finished a great cross from Desire Oparanozie in the 13th minute.

Oshoala scored her brace from the near post in the 30th minute moments after missing from close range for Nigeria’s third goal.

Oshoala’s grabbed her hat trick from a close range header after the ball rebounded off the crossbar in the 34th minute. Oparanozie was the architect of the goal.

The rout continued in the second half as Oparanozie put her name in the scorers’ chart in the 48th minute as she finished off an intricate passing move rounded off by Francesca Ordega.

Captain Rita Chikwelu made it 6-0 with 27 minutes to go as substitute Amarachi Okoronkwo lobbed the ball inside the Guineans box.

Chikwelu outfoxed the keeper to slot home the ball albeit amid some calls for a foul committed by the skipper.

In the 79th minute Asisat Oshoala squandered another glorious chance side netting after a good pass to her in the box. The Nigerians did not score again as the game petered out.

The Falcons will confront Group A leaders Cameroon in a crucial semifinals clash on Tuesday with not just a place in the final to fight for but a ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

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2018 AWCON: I’m Not Yet Happy With Falcons, Says Dennerby

Thomas Dennerby, Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, says his team is yet to get to the level he expects at the ongoing 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

Falcons beat Zambia 4-0 on Wednesday in Cape Coast to return to contention at the tournament in Ghana.

The performance did take the defending champions to the position of being able to fight for one of the two semi-finals tickets from Group B

However, it was still a performance Dennerby was not satisfied with, saying his team should have done better and scored more goals.

“First of all, I am very happy we managed to score four goals in the game. Of course I am happier than three days ago.

“But, honestly, I am not 100 per cent happy with our performance because we should have scored more goals.

“After our opening game in which we lost, I talked about being professional and using experience to come back in the next game, not being anxious,’’ he said.

The coach said the win over Zambia was still not enough to take his team out lof the woods, pointing out that they needed to work harder.

“I don’t think this game we won today (Wednesday) is the defining game in the group, and now we have to work harder in our next fixture so as to secure a place in the semi-finals.

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“So, we stay cool and keep working,’’ he said.

The Falcons take on Equatorial Guinea on Saturday in their final Group B match, needing to win with a massive haul of goals if they are to top the group.

With South Africa thumping Equatorial Guinea 7-1 later on Wednesday in the group’s other match, Nigeria dropped into second place from the top they occupied earlier.

However, Friday’s matches still hold so much impact on semi-final qualification, with the trio of Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia very much in the race.

While South Africa look to have the easiest task on Saturday, a 0-3 loss to Zambia and a 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea by Nigeria can undo many things.

It can see the Banyana Banyana dropping to third and missing qualification, with Nigeria in top place and Zambia as runners-up.
But South Africa only need to avoid defeat, or a 0-3 loss, to finish among the semi-finalists.

Nigeria and Zambia must win, and with 2-0 and 3-0 scorelines respectively, to be semi-finalists.

Nigeria need to win at least 1-0 against two-times champions Equatorial Guinea to finish among the top two, if South Africa beat or draw with Zambia.

But, in case of a Zambia win, Nigeria will need a bigger win against Equatorial Guinea who have beaten them to the title twice in the past (2008 and 2012).

However, the Falcons look to be in a better shape to win this time around against the team they beat to the title in 2010.

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AWCON 2018: Falcons on rescue mission against Shepolopolo

The permutations are thin and tight, ahead today’s second group match for the Super Falcons, against Shepolopolo of Zambia at the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Both sides enter the tie with different fate, as the Falcons surprisingly lost 1-0 against South Africa in their first match, while the Zambians amazingly beat tournament favourites, Equatorial Guinea 5-1 same day.

That sets the stage for a game of varying potentials, as Nigeria need to win to avoid elimination, while Zambia will be desperate to consolidate and gain their first ever ticket to the AWCON semi-finals.

That translates to mean the Falcons, eight-time champions and current holders of the title, face an early exit in Ghana, following their opening group loss against South Africa.

With two-time winners, Equatorial Guinea conceding five against Zambia in the other Group B match, both sides will fancy their chances against Nigeria and the Falcons will have to dig very deep to scale through.

AWCON 2018 also stands as Africa’s qualifiers for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, but Nigeria now face the ignominy of missing out on that as well, since only the top three will pick tickets.

The situation is dicey for Thomas Dennerby and his lasses, as they stand to set two abominable records – first time Nigeria will crash out in the group stage and first time Nigeria will miss the Women’s World Cup.

This arises sequel to a shock victory for Banyana Banyana against the Falcons in Cape Coast, Ghana, just a day after both country’s male teams played out a nerve-wrenching 1-1 draw in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

While Nigeria held bragging rights after Saturday’s game at Soccer City, from which the Super Eagles qualified for the AFCON 2019 with a game to spare, despite having lost the first leg 2-0 at home in Uyo, the South African ladies turned odds on their head with a shock victory in Ghana.

It was only the second win by South Africa in 11 fixtures against Nigeria at this level, after Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana scored a brilliant match winner for the South Africans.

The Falcons, who failed to win only two of the previous ten editions of the tournament, dominated the first Group B game of the Nations Cup from kick off but wastefulness in front of goal was their undoing.

Early signs of a capitulation showed when the South Africans were gifted two chances to score in the first half after some sloppy defending, but they failed to punish the Nigerian.

France-based striker Desire Oparanozie ought to have given the Falcons the lead after half an hour, but she fluffed a big chance after she was set up by Asisat Oshoala, three-time African Female Footballer of The Year.

Nigeria’s first chance to score came in the 33rd minute when Oshoala teed up Oparanozie but the the last edition’s top scorer blasted wide.

South Africa’s Jermaine Seoposenwe was close to opening her account just before half time, but Osinachi Ohale cleared the ball bravely as the Bayana Bayana striker was set to strike the ball inside the Nigerian box.

Oparanozie then spurned another chance four minutes into the second half and failed to give Nigeria the lead after her diving header went wide following a promising build up.

Kgatlana then broke the deadlock with six minutes to go as she pounced on a beautiful pass into the Nigerian box and unleashed an unstoppable shot beyond Tochukwu Oluehi.

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AWCON 2018: Super Falcons shocked by South Africa

African women’s defending champions Super Falcons suffered a rude shock on their opening game of the 2018 AWCON when they lost 1-0 to Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Cape Coast today.

It was only the second win by South Africa in 11 meetings with Nigeria at this level.
Thembi Kgatlana scored a brilliant match winner for the South Africans five minutes from time.

France-based striker Desire Oparanozie ought to have given the Falcons the lead after half an hour after she fluffed an open chance after she was set up by Asisat Oshoala.

Nigeria’s next game Group B game will be against Equatorial Guinea, who were only re-instated in the championship after they had initially been thrown out of the competition.

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NFF to hold seminar for match commissioners on january 6

The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected arrangements to organize its annual seminar for match commissioners of the various Leagues, January 9-11, 2018.

Chairman of the Match Commissioners Appointment Committee and NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Babagana Kalli, who confirmed this at the weekend, said that while match commissioners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will take the stage on the first day of the three –day programme (Tuesday), match commissioners of the Nigeria National League (NNL) will take their turn on Wednesday, and the stage will be set for those of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) and the Nationwide League One (NLO) on Thursday.

NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko will declare the three –day event open on Tuesday, on behalf of NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who will be away in Morocco on CAF duty.

He will be supported by NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, and some members of the NFF Executive Committee.

Kalli also disclosed that about 200 match commissioners are expected for each of the three days, with Professor Musa Garba Yakassai, Mr. Bola Oyeyode and Alhaji Mohammed Adebayo Aminu the resource persons. While Professor Yakassai will speak on ‘Duties and Responsibilities of a Match Commissioner,’ Oyeyode, NFF’s Director of Competitions, will dwell on ‘Match Organization,’ and Aminu will talk on ‘Online Match Reporting’.