Nigeria’s drop in the latest FIFA Women’s Ranking didn’t come as a surprise at least not to Super Falcons Defender Osinachi Ohale, who blames the inactivity on the international stage for the slump.
The year-ending rankings as published by Football world’s governing body, FIFA, showed that Nigeria maintains top spot on the continent, but slipped up three places from 36 to 39 globally, and Ohale insists it could have been avoided.
“We dropped because of the negative results we’ve been getting and when we climbed it was because we were doing certain things right,” the 2018 AWCON winner told www.brila.net .
“To compete with the biggest teams, we have to keep up with playing quality friendlies and be active internationally just like other countries have been doing.
“Since the World Cup we haven’t played matches besides the Olympic qualifiers.”
Ohale, who also played for Delta Queens and Rivers Angels in the NWPL, moved to Spain with CD Tacón this year.
The defender said she was impressed with SAFA’s efforts to keep improving Banyana Banyana.
Like Nigeria, South Africa missed out on a place at next year’s Olympic Games women’s football event, but the Desire Ellis’s team have been much involved in the international windows.
“South Africa is playing friendlies and they didn’t qualify for the Olympic Games; they’re doing this to improve. This is actually believe is how things should be done.”
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AFCON 2021: Ola Aina, Okoye Responsible For Super Eagles Loss To Tunisia, Says Okocha
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has blamed two players for the elimination of Nigeria from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon by Tunisia.
Okocha said Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye and right-back, Ola Aina, should be held responsible for Tunisia’s match-winning goal against Augustine Eguavoen’s men.
Recall that Tunisia had last Sunday sent the Super Eagles packing from the AFCON in the Round of 16, thanks to Youssef Msakni’s second-half goal.
But Okocha believes Okoye should have saved Msakni’s long-range shot, while Aina would have fouled the Tunisia player before he took the shot.
“You expect when things go the wrong way that the goalkeeper might save the day but I thought he went a bit early to his right side and then it was difficult for him to adjust and make that save,” Okocha told SuperSport.
“It was a well taken shot there by the Tunisian and luckily for them that decided the game.”
On Aina, Okocha added: “You buy a foul, do something, stop the momentum of the game and let your players recover, but he made it easier for them.”
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AFCON 2021: Africa Should Be Proud Of Comoros, Says Drogba
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has identified Comoros as the team Africa is proud of at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.
Drogba said this after Comoros was eliminated from the 2021 AFCON on Monday night.
Recall that Comoros was knocked out of the 2021 AFCON round of 16 tie against host nation Cameroon.
Debutants Comoros fought hard against Cameroon despite receiving a red card during the match.
However, they lost 2-1 against Cameroon.
“Waaah!!! What a team, what COURAGE, Africa is proud of this brave Comorian team @fedcomfootball,” Drogba tweeted.
Comoros had qualified for the AFCON round of 16 after beating Ghana 3-2 in their final group C match, sending the Black Stars back home.
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Super Eagles Must Concentrate On Beating Ghana For 2022 World Cup Ticket, Says Chukwu
Former Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Christian Chukwu, has urged the Super Eagles to move on with future national assignments after crashing out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the Super Eagles should put the AFCON competition behind them and focus on qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.
“It is clear that our AFCON trophy chase is over. Let us come home, take stock and plan for our world cup qualifying encounter with Ghana.
“Judging from my personal experience as a player and coach, the boys brought in their best and did their best in the AFCON competition.
“They fought gallantly in each match they played.
“I am not happy with the red card given to Iwobi in the last match played by the Super Eagles as it should be a mere warning. He did not deserve a card at all,” he said.
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