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2020 Olympic qualifying series: Super Falcons Defeat Algeria

2020 Olympic qualifying series: Super Falcons Defeat Algeria

Nigeria senior women’s national team, Super Falcons have defeated Algeria by one goal to nothing in a game played yesterday (September 3) at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

This makes the Falcons who are on a 3-0 aggregate, eligible for the second round of Japan 2020 Olympic Games qualifying series.

Last week, the senior women’s national team defeated Algeria with a 2-0 score, which gave rise to hope that the women will no doubt defeat them again.  Asisat Oshoala, was the star of the game, scoring the one and only goal in the 57th minute.

The victory opposed what the fans thought would be the outcome. Majority of the fans were rooting for the Algerian ladies because they appeared more skilful and determined. 

However, a number of misses from the Nigerian team occurred during the game. At the 6th minute, Amarachi Okoronkwo having fired a heavy shot missed a goal. 

 In the second half, Algerians improved their game with some of their players like Lina Khelif, Horiya Affak, Benlazar, Megane Belkhiter, Mounia Houheche and Lydia Belkacemi who displayed an admirable ball sense.

Thomas Dennerby

Meanwhile, after the match ended, Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby admitted that he was not contented with his girls’ performance.“The Falcons were too confident following the 2-0 victory in the first leg. That is why I felt they were relaxed and taking the game easy.

According to Dennerby, Algerians came to Nigeria with the hope to beat the Falcons but they could not succeed.

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Also responding was Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, he was delighted with the Falcons victory and noted that measures would be put in place to ensure adequate welfare package for the women team players.

“The Ministry of Sports under my watch will do everything possible to build more facilities that will make female football grow in Nigeria. My vision is to go round the country and see how the stadiums in Abuja, Ibadan, Kaduna and Lagos will be revamped. I am also working hard to see that Nigeria hosts the U-20 World Cup,” he declared.

 

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