African Games: Falconets Qualify For Final Of Women’s Event


Nigeria have ended their 12-year wait for a spot in the final of the African Games after thrashing Algeria 3-0 in the semi-final in Morocco.

Nigeria won the competition twice but has failed to reach the final stage since 2007, when the women team last won in Algiers.

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Two goals from Cynthia Aku and one from Zainab Olapade earned Nigeria the victory.

Christopher Danjuma’s girls will play either Cameroon or Morroco in the final.

Falconets Crash Out Of FIFA U-20 Women World Cup

Spain’s midfielder Aitana Bonmati (R) and Nigeria’s midfielder Christy Ucheibe (L) eye the ball as they vie for it during the Women World Cup 2018 U20 football match between Spain and Nigeria on August 16, 2018 at the Guy Piriou stadium in Concarneau, western France. Fred TANNEAU / AFP


Nigeria’s Falconets crashed out of the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after suffering a 2-1 defeat by Spain in their quarterfinal encounter in France.

The Falconets progressed to the quarterfinal after a draw, loss and win in their three group stage games while Spain finished comfortably in their group after two wins and a draw.

The game started at a high pace with both sides creating chances until the Spanish side seized control of the encounter with their consistent passing of the ball from side to side, working the Falconets up and down the pitch.

Spain earned a two-goal lead before the break, with Guijarro scoring her 5th goal in the tournament after getting on the end of Maite Oroz’s free-kick into the West African side’s box and scoring from close range.

Having struggled to create much in the first half, the Super Falconets responded with a goal just before the hour mark.

Peace Efih’s forward run saw her pick out Rasheedat Ajibabe on the left. Her low shot forced a diving Catalina Coll to direct the ball into the path of an unmarked Efih, who duly converted into an empty Spanish goal.

In the second half, Nigeria were unable to find an equaliser, as Spain saw out the remainder of the contest to reach the last four of the competition for the first time.

U-20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets Determined To Reach Quarter Finals



A highly –motivated Nigeria U-20 team is exuding the confidence of earning a place in the 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals ahead of a potentially –explosive encounter with China in Dinan/Léhon on Monday.

Nigeria will reach the competition’s knockout stages for the seventh time in nine editions if they avoid defeat against the Chinese at the Stade de Clos Gastel.

A solitary strike from the penalty spot, by stand-in skipper Rasheedat Ajibade, earned the maximum points against Haiti on Thursday and took the Falconets to second spot in Group D, on goals balance from the Far East Asians, whose 2-1 defeat of Haiti and 0-2 loss to the Germans meant they have a deficit going into Monday’s decider in Brittany.

“It is going to be a very busy encounter from the first blast of the whistle. We are not expecting an easy match. I said from the beginning that if we must reach the Final, we have to play and overcome very tough teams.

“We have no illusions. The Chinese squad is a very ambitious one, and we have to be at our best to overcome them. We will go out there and give our very best,” Coach Chris Danjuma disclosed.

Certainly, the bigger pressure is on the Chinese, who have to win to secure a place in the last eight. A draw would be sufficient for Nigeria.

Right –wing optimists still expect goal-girl Rasheedat Ajibade to dazzle at this championship despite a slow start to the campaign, but many are those who have become impatient wondering when the FC Robo Queens ace forward will deliver on her awesome talent and promise at the World Cup finals.

She merely opened a window on her ability at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Costa Rica in 2014 (where Nigeria fell at the quarter-final hurdle) and could not make the difference when the Falconets were bumped at the group phase during the last World Cup finals in Papua New Guinea two years ago.

Highly rated at home and a firebrand finisher in African qualifying matches, Ajibade has yet to convince at the World Cup. However, Monday is another day and a spot in the quarter-finals could just fire her and the likes of Anam Imo, Chidinma Okeke and Peace Efih to sublime performance in France.

World Cup runners-up in 2010 and 2014, semi-finalists once and quarter-finalists on three occasions, only twice before have the Falconets failed to advance beyond the group phase at this championship. That was at the first edition in Canada in 2002, when a hurriedly assembled squad struggled, and two years ago, when the Nigerian girls were on the plane back home before the quarterfinals despite winning two of three matches and finishing with six points.

China’s fast-paced game could prove a handful for Nigeria, and the efficiency of long-limbed Chiamaka Nnadozie in goal and the stout defending of Sunday Opeyemi, Mary Ologbosere, Glory Ogbonna and Oluwakemi Famuditi would be required to keep the Asians at bay.

Nnadozie has been Nigeria’s revelation of this tournament so far, pulling off a number of magnificent saves against 2010 and 2014 champions Germany and against the Haitians. She was rewarded with the ‘Dare To Dream’ Player of the Match gong against the Haitians. This was a player who was down the pecking order during the African qualifying series when Onyinyechukwu Okeke held sway in goal.

To qualify for the finals, the Nigerian girls pumped nine goals past their Tanzanian counterparts without conceding any and then secured a 6-2 aggregate win over Morocco. In the final qualifying fixture, they blew South Africa apart 8-0 on aggregate, making for a total of 23 goals for and only two against.

Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Defeat South-Africa 6-0 To Qualify

The female U-20 national team of Nigeria, the Falconets have qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after thrashing their South African counterparts, Basetsana 6-0.

The match was played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Saturday, January 27.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg match in Polokwane, the falconets pressed home their advantage early in the match by scoring five times in the first half to complete an aggregate score of 8-0.

Speaking in an interview after the game, Falconets Coach, Chris Danjuma praised the efforts of his side adding that the team will be reinforced with more players ahead of the biennial showpiece.

On her part, the South African coach, Maud Khumalo expressed satisfaction with the performance of her players despite the loss.

The 9th edition of the FIFA u-20 women’s world cup will be hosted by France between August 5 and 24, 2018.

Nigeria’s Falconets Beat Morocco In World Cup Qualifier

Nigeria's Falconets Beat Morocco In World Cup Qualifier

Nigeria’s Women U-20 national football team, Falconets, have progressed to the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers after beating Morocco on 6-2 on aggregate.

Goals from Gift Monday, Rasheedat Ajibade, and Charity Rueben gave the Falconets a 5-1 victory on Saturday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Moroccans put up a good fight and were still in contention before the half-time, but could not cope with the Nigerians who outplayed them totally after the restart.

Coach Christopher Danjuma’s ladies now face South Africa in the final round of the qualifier, after they also beat Burundi 5-2 on aggregate.

The tournament is scheduled to hold in August 2018 in France.

Falconets have played in the World Cup final twice, losing to Germany on both occasions in 2010 and 2014 respectively.

World Cup Qualifier: Falconets Travel To Morocco Friday

Nigeria’s U-20 national team coach Christopher Danjuma is hoping for good results when they face Morocco.

The Falconets play their Moroccan opponents on Sunday in the first leg of the second round of the FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifier.

The team are expected to arrive Lagos in from Abuja on Thursday and leave for Morocco Friday morning for the match.

Kemi Famuditi is expected to lead the squad of 18 players to Morocco.

A win against Morocco over two legs will see the Falconets face the winner of the match between South Africa and Burundi in the final round of qualifier in January 2018.

Nigeria Crash Out Of Fifa U-20 World Cup

u-20-nigeriaNigeria’s women’s U-20 national team, the Falconets, have crashed out of the Fifa under-20 women’s world cup holding in Papua New Guinea.

The team on Sunday morning stunned Spain 2-1 to record their second victory in Group B.

However, the six points were not enough to see the team through to the quarter-finals, after they finished in third spot with a minus three goals difference.

Spain, however, finished in second position with same six points but with a superior goal difference.

Japan finished top of the group also with six points after a 5-0 thrashing of Canada.

Falconets To Play Confluence Queens In Test Match

Falconets To Play Confluence QueensNigeria’s U-20 women team will take on Nigeria Women Premier League side, Confluence Queens in a test match on Wednesday.

Peter Dedevbo’s side are preparing for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which kicks off on November 13 in Papua New Guinea.

Dedevbo is confident the friendly match against Shola Adewuyi’s side at the Kogi Confluence Stadium would help strengthen the Falconets.

From the 28 players in camp, the Delta Queens tactician is expected to draw up his final squad list in few days following the arrival of Chiwendu Ihezuo and Aminat Yakubu.

Sixteen countries will participate at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a total of 32 games expected to be played.

The Falconets are placed in Group B with Spain, Canada and Japan as their co-contenders.

Their first match is against the Japanese on November 13. They play against Canada on November 16 while they would face the Spaniards on November 20.

The competition is expected to be concluded on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Buhari Congratulates Nigeria’s World Scrabble Champion

LaKE CHAD-BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated Wellington Jighere, a Nigerian who has emerged World Scrabble Champion in Perth, Australia.

President Buhari made the call on Sunday evening to felicitate with the Nigerian, who is the first ever from Africa.

Wellington Jighere (36) defeated Lewis Mackay of Cambridge, England, by 448 points to 426 to win the Championship which was competed for by 450 players from around the world.

Indomitable Nigerian Spirit

According to a statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President congratulated the entire team on their success.

“I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy. Please, pass my congratulations to other members of Team Nigeria,” President Buhari told Jighere.

The new Champion Jighere was delighted at the phone call from the President, and pledged to bring more glory to the nation.

Five other Nigerian representatives finished in the top 50 scrabble players in the world bracket.

President Buhari also congratulated Nigeria’s U-20 female football team, Falconets, for their success, qualifying for the U-20 Women World Cup.

He said: “This is a clear case of the indomitable Nigerian spirit. Such will soon be evident in all aspects of our national life”.

The Falconets had walked a tight rope after scraping just a 2-1 win over South Africa in Nigeria two weeks ago. With the away goal counting double rule, all that South Africa needed today was a single goal, but the Nigerian girls turned the table.

He said “This is a clear case of the indomitable Nigerian spirit. Such will soon be evident in all aspects of our national life”.

Nigeria Qualify For 2016 FIFA U-20 Women World Cup

falconets-NigeriaNigeria’s Falconets have qualified for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, following a 1-0 victory over South Africa on Sunday.

Nigeria dominated the early exchanges and it was no surprise when striker, Chinwendu Ihezuo, scored from a pull-out by defender Mary Ologbosere in the 16th minute, to increase the Falconets’ aggregate advantage to 3-1.

The Falconets had secured a 2-1 victory against the South African side in the first leg of the game in Nigeria.

In the Sunday game, South Africa continued to fight, but the Falconets held on till the end, and will be one of Africa’s two flag bearers at 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua, New Guinea.

Nigeria have always qualified for the tournament since its inception, finishing as runners up in 2010 and 2014.

Falconets To Face South Africa In Final U-20 World Cup Qualifier

Falconets To Face South Africa In Final U-20 World Cup QualifierThe National U-20 women team, also known as the Falconets, will face South Africa in the final round of the African qualifying series for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Falconets advanced at the weekend following a 4-1 aggregate win against their counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Similarly, their South African opponents beat Zambia 3-2 on aggregate to also advance to the final round of the competition.

Nigeria will host the first leg on October 24, while the return leg will be played two weeks later in South Africa.

All Asian, Oceania and European teams including the host country have qualified for the tournament.

Falconets Beat Liberia In Under-20 World Cup Qualifier

FalconetsNigeria’s preparation to feature in the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup received a boost as the Falconets demolished their Liberian counterparts by seven goals to nil.

Falconets, Chinaza Uchendu initiated the 7-goal thriller by scoring the first goal in the 23rd minute with Ojinma Amarachi following up with the second goal in the 25th minute.

Aminat Yakubu increased the tally to three in the 26th minute with Yetunde Adedoye compounding the woes of the Liberians with another goal in the 38th minute.

All efforts by the Liberians to stop the goal feast in the second half proved abortive as Bokiri Ebi further increased the tally to five in the 71st minute.

Three minutes later, Aminat Yakubu made it six before Bokiri Ebi rounded off the goal feast with the seventh goal in the 84th minute.

The Falconets had earlier walloped the Liberians 7-1 in the first leg played two weeks earlier in Monrovia.

The Liberian Coach, however, expressed satisfaction with the performance of his girls saying its a young team.