Nigeria‘s Consul General in South Africa, Godwin Adama at the weekend, commended the National U-20 female team, Falconets for beating their South Africa counterparts.
Nigeria beat South Africa, 2-0, in the final round, first leg of the U-20 Women‘s World Cup qualifier in Polokwane, Limpopo Province.
Rasheedat Ajibade, the Falconets top scorer in the qualifying series, scored the first goal on the half-hour mark while Anam Imo made it two for Nigeria six minutes later.
Adama who watched the match told newsmen on the telephone from Polokwane that the Falconets played well and deserved the victory.
“The Falconets showed character and zeal to carry the day. They played well and deserved the victory. They have made us proud and we are grateful.
“ I am impressed with the turn-out of Nigerians to the stadium. Their presence also made the difference and motivated the team,” he said.
Adama said that the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Amb. Musa Ahmed Ibeto would host the team in Pretoria before they leave for home.
“The victory has also helped to improve our rating here that we can do well in sports,” the envoy said.
Secretary, Nigerian Union, Limpopo Province chapter, Collins Mgbo, said that the Nigerian Community in the area was fully mobilised for the match.
“Nigerians resident in various cities in the province came out to support our girls. Even South Africans married to Nigerians wore the green-white-green to cheer the falconets.
“We will celebrate this victory because it means a lot for us,” he said.
Mgbo urged the team to finish the job in Nigeria and book the World Cup ticket.
The winner over two legs will represent Africa at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France slated from August 7th to August 26th, 2018.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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