November 30, 2022

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Ajibade, Mimi Calvin-Onwuka bag WAFCON honours, get accolades

Tremendous Falcons rejoice after scoring purpose

The Nigeria Soccer Federation has congratulated Tremendous Falcons’ ahead Rasheedat Ajibade for rising as joint top-scorer of the just-ended 12th Girls Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco, the place the Tremendous Falcons earned a ticket to the FIFA World Cup finals even because the workforce failed to understand its ambition of a tenth triumph.

NFF Normal Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi stated: “We rejoice with Rahseedat Ajibade for her emergence as joint top-scorer of the match and we implore her to proceed to indicate much more prolificity and dedication within the jerseys of membership and nation. Her three objectives certainly helped the Tremendous Falcons to win a World Cup ticket. Our workforce will surely have been within the Remaining if not for the incident that led to her expulsion within the semi remaining match towards the host nation.

“She in all probability would have gained the award outright if she completed the sport and performed yet another match.”

Ajibade was ejected after 70 minutes of the semi remaining towards Morocco on the Complexe Prince Moulay Abdellah, with Nigeria already one lady down, and the Falcons performed the following 50 minutes (of regulation and additional time) with solely 9 gamers, shedding within the ensuing penalty shoot-out.

Within the third-place match towards Zambia on Friday, a fierce shot by Evarine Suzeni Katongo within the 28th minute struck the upright and bounced on the again of hardworking goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie for the one purpose of the match, with the Falcons failing to transform any of a slew of probabilities they created.

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Sanusi additionally congratulated Mimisen Calvin-Onwuka, who performed the function of Assistant Referee 1 within the Remaining match between Morocco and South Africa on Saturday, saying her stellar efficiency alongside referee Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda didn’t go unnoticed by the worldwide soccer neighborhood. He urged her to proceed to develop herself with accessible top-level programs and programmes with a view to proceed her rise to world reckoning.

In the meantime, Nigeria’s U20 ladies, Falconets have continued their preparations for subsequent month’s FIFA U20 Girls’s World Cup finals scheduled for Costa Rica. The ladies, who’ve been coaching within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja will depart for a one-week coaching tour in Barranquilla, Colombia, from the place the delegation will fly into San Jose for the finals slated for 10th – 28th August.