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AWCON 2018: Ebi, Oluehi Named In Team Of The Tournament

AWCON 2018: Ebi, Oluehi Named In Team Of The Tournament

Super Falcons duo, Onome Ebi and Tochukwu Oluehi has been named in the best 11 of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Cup in Ghana – AWCON 2018, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Reigning African women’s footballer of the year, Asisat Oshoala however missed out following her uninspiring display in the competition.


Ebi, who is Super Falcons co-captain with Rita Chikwelu featured in all of the Nigerian ladies’ five games
in the competition and proved her mettle with an outstanding performance all through.

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Ebi single handedly kept the tournament’s top scorer and best player, Thembi Kgatlana quiet in the final game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Oluehi was no doubt a sure candidate for the AWCON 2018 best goalkeeper award. She conceded only once from open play and her heroics in the semi-final and final penalty shootout win against Cameroon and South Africa made the difference for Nigeria.

Two other Nigerian players; Oshoala and Francisca Ordega were named among the substitutes.

Ordega was named woman of the match in the AWCON 2018 final win against South Africa. She had picked the gong in Nigeria’s second group game against the Shepolopolo of Zambia.

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon dominated the AWCON 2018 list with four players. They are Aboudi Onguene, Yvonne Ndoumbouk, Raissa Feudjio and Tcheno

South Africa captain, Janine Van Wyke and two of her teamamates Thembi Chrestina Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe also made the list.

Fourth placed Mali and hosts Ghana have one player each in the AWCON 2018 best eleven selection that was made by the CAF technical study group. They are Bassira Toure and Elizabeth Addo

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • PapaFem 3 years ago

    Africa first 11, only two Nigerians, no one in the attack from a team that scored 10 goals. That’s shows how bad female football has degenerated in this country. In as much as I’m happy that we won the cup, I found it hard to celebrate. The gap between Nigeria and our rivals in women soccer has closed so much so that we have to emerge as winners by the virtue of lottery called penalties. What a shame!! We labour these days to win matches. And when we do, fans praise the mediocrity, raining encomiums on NFF who have relegated female football to the background. Nigeria raised two good teams in 2003. One played in the All African Games (the team B as a matter of fact ) and won gold. The other played international matches across Asia or Europe, I can’t recall, with very decent results. In 2006 edition of AWCON, we drew with Cameroon in the first match (2:2) and walloped them 5:0 in the final! We panted and sweated against the same Cameroon in the semi-final of the year’s edition and emerged winners by the luck the penalty shootout threw at us. Gone were the days when Indomie sponsored the team, when local league players were better than the foreign based ones. At a time, we had more than 5 players playing in the Prestigious US Women league. What we have today are players plying their trade in Kazakhstan, Belarus, and what have you. The NFF has neglected this team. No single friendly match in 2017. The only grade A match we had this year ended in disgrace: 8:0 loss to France. Did we really deserve to win the year’s AWCON? Going by the Glass House negligence and ineptitude as far as female football is concerned? They only pay $10,000 when we win cups. Before such competitions, it’s business of nobody. Cameroon is coming up strongly. They denied our U-17 team an opportunity of attending this year’s FIFA U-17 Women World in Uruguay. The U-20 version we attended earlier ended in disaster. Same as South Africa. They played like the 1999 Super Falcons, whose artistry on the field of play stretched Brazil beyond imagination in the Q/F of Women World Cup. We were down by 3:0 but came back to draw 3:3 before going out by 4:3 after extra-time. That’s after coming second behind US in a group that had Denmark and South Korea as well. I doubt if we can beat any of these teams again. There was a friendly in London. Super Falcon beat England in England by a goal to nil scored by Patience Avre or so. Where did we miss it? NFF, pls tell us. I foresee another disaster if nothing is done between now and next year. France 2019 could be the worst world cup ever for us with what I saw in Ghana. While I celebrate the girls for their resilience, I mourn the dearth of talent, lack of organization and support. God helping us, we will see how our ogas at the top responds to this.

    • Izzylove 3 years ago

      @PapaFem, your analysis clear shows that your knowledge of football is too shallow. Do you think the countries Nigeria used to beat 5-0, 6-0 10 years ago would remain the same forever? Gone are the days when Ghana Black Stars used to beat the then Green Eagles of NIgeria 7-0, but today, any match involving both teams is 50-50. For God’s sake, let us celebrate the Super Falcons for their achievement so far. They are the most successful national team in Africa (male or female) – 9 titles within 20 years. By next year, about 4 or 5 players would retire and fresh legs would be added, and that would make the team more solid to defend their title in 2020. Up Nigeria!

      • PapaFem 3 years ago

        @Izzylove, do u really need to insult people before u state your points? Thought your username carries ‘love’. This shouldn’t be in letters but in deeds. I’m more concerned about the negligence of the NFF, not necessarily aiming any dig at the team. Except you want to tell me that the quality on show really matches that of at least 10 countries above us, then I stand with the school of thought that despite this win, we really need to step up.
        With proper organisation,support and attention from the NFF, Super Falcons should have taken their dominance to the world stage. A team that has won 9 AWCON titles out of 10, attended every world cup since 1991,and has always shown great promises, should have at least made the semifinal of the WC. We need to see Nigeria on the world map of female soccer. We have attended WWC 7 times, but came out of the group only once! Our Olympic record is even worse. Did anyone read how France disgraced us in a friendly recently. The last time we were beaten that bad was in 1995 by Norway. That’s when we were barely 4 years in organized female football. Its bad enough we are not doing too well at the world level. But to fold our arms and allow our African rivals overtake us will be catastrophic. While others are catching up fast, we remain where we are thinking we must always find a way of winning AWCON. We will just wake up one day, and see that we are not in the top three of African female football anymore. USA has always been there from inception. They are still there till today, because they know how to get to the top and how to remain there. Same with Germany. I strongly believe that with support and adequate attention to these girls, they have every potential of wining the world cup. That’s the point I’m making. I’m not condemning anyone. VICTORIES IN CHAMPIONSHIPS SHOULDN’T BLIND US TO AREAS WE COULD IMPROVE ON.

    • With due respect @papafemi, although I quite agree with you over the relative neglect of female football by our sports authorities, it would be unrealistic to expect every other teams in Africa to still be at the level that Super Falcons can defeat them with wide goal margins. It’s akin to expecting African male teams to continue losing to European by 9-0 like DR Congo in 1974. We should rather take it as a positive that other African teams are now able to give the Super Falcons the can of test and challenge that will better prepare them for challenges outside Africa. 
      The Super Falcon team that I saw in this championship are a highly technical and tactically discipline side that plays to their strengths and are able to neutralise the strength of the opposition. For those suggesting that this team is old, have we considered that some of these so called old players like  Tochukwu Oluehi and Onome Ebi were are also among the best players in the tournament. As a matter of fact, but not for the known bias against defenders when selecting MVPs, Onome Ebi at 35, was the de facto MVP of this tournament. So it’s not all about age. The Super Falcons that I saw in Ghana were a solid, compact and highly technical team. The reminded me of those Cameroon and Italian Teams of the past that you can play anything against but they will just pop up to score the odd goal and win the game. Although I admit that there is still a big room for improvement (which I believe the NFF and Technical Crew will address on the way to the World Cup), I highly commend the efforts of these players and the technical crew and celebrate this team greatly. 
      However all the issues @papafem raise about the state of female football domestically are quite valid and must be addressed through a deliberate sustainable policy and not just our usual fire brigade approach.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      This is exactly why people can not say the truth here anymore all you want is fake hype and news for example CS headline the other day that Assisat is fighting for golden boot with Ktlanga I wonder where from that idea? I know a lot of forumites will jubilate at this news but that is an unrealistic news. We need an Era that the truth bitter or not will be told with advice to follow! Papa fem just said the truth and you all want to kill him with insult. France beating us by 8-0 is a big setback take it or leave it even though we are yet to play any grade a friendly in a year! And falcons wobbled to win the trophy with the Exception of the GK defense and Ordega what are we talking about here that teams like Cameroon will second us for the whole duration of a match even our supporters became confuse and started singing “miracle worker. One and do a miracle today” we thank God he listens to us both everyday is not Christmas if every country are developing let’s us also develop and win France and co! Simple wisdom no need to come insulting people because of true talk!

  • Ashy Slashy 3 years ago

    The truth of the matter is that for all the goals scored by the Falcons in this tournament, is the ones that they they did not concede that contributed more to winning the tournament.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with winning a tournament via penalty shoot outs ; if nothing, it shows that the team has character and exhibited this when it mattered; twice.

    But for crucial saves in penalties and open play, it would have been another story.

    So, for our Defenders to make the CAF starting 11 whilst our attackers take their places on the bench of the same seems a fair overall assessment to me.

    • Izzylove 3 years ago

      @Ashy Slashy, thank you for your analysis, you have spoken my mind. In additin to your point, @PapaFem has forgotten that, the girls played 240 minutes games (Cameroon and South Africa) within 4 days; so fatigue was already there – females for that matter. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria’s record in the competition so far (9 titles) is a record difficult to be broken by any country many years to come.

      • Ashy Slashy 3 years ago

        Really fantastic analysis Izzy. For one of the least prepared teams to dig deep when it mattered most and win on penalties twice against highly motivated hungry teams is worthy of praise indeed.

        For all the lethargy displayed by the falcons attack throughout the tournament, they still scored a basket full of goals, now imagine if the likes of Oshoala, Ordega and Oparanozie were firing from all cylinders.

        If there is anyone to criticize it is the NFF who treated the Falcons like pants (i.e. rubbish) when they won the last Afcon including the lack of attention the team received since then .

        Yet the likes of Ordega, who said they will never play for Nigeria after their shoddy treatment following Awcon 2016, came back to lead the team to success at a time when other African female teams are well motivated and determined.

        To be honest, I see the Falcons doing well next year in the world cup (mark my words).

        I choose to define “doing well” to boldly predict that the Falcons will reach the quarter finals stage at next world cup.

        I say this because this coach is tactical adept and knows how to prepare teams for success in such a stage

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      It clearly states that our attacking football is on the decline whilst others are on the rise! This is how Mouriho has made teams to look like today and keep wanting to buy more and more with good football and average results!

  • Israel 3 years ago

    @Ashy Slashy, thank you for your analysis, you have spoken my mind. In additin to your point, @PapaFem has forgotten that, the girls played 240 minutes games (Cameroon and South Africa) within 4 days; so fatigue was already there – females for that matter. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria’s record in the competition so far (9 titles) is a record difficult to be broken by any country many years to come.

  • Austin 3 years ago

    Thank God we won the tournament. Now let’s get down to business. The female senior world cup is just few months away from now. We don’t have much time to prepare. All we need to do right now is to prepare the team by fortifying some departments. I was not impressed with our attack. Our shooting accurately at goal or shots on target was poor. Our headings from corner kicks to score was also poor. The build up from the midfield to the attack was poor too. Most of our balls were looped in from behind. We need to correct all of this things. We need runners and pacy attackers. The world cup is a bigger stage with fast players from around the world. We need to start preparations in Ernest.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      We have runners and pacy players all you said we have but how does the coach manage them? Ordega is fast Assisat is fast Rashidat is pacy so why can’t he bring out the best in this team? But rather we are giving excuses in football there’s no excuse just give result simple else you are out same applies to life. Thank Hod we have the trophy but let us avoid the drama of Rohr and Ighalo part2

  • And and by the way, Uruguay won the first two editions of the World cup! Me think they shouldn’t play football anymore and just sit back waiting for other countries to re-write that history!!! How on earth can you ask a team from a stagnant country to move forward; like country like team!!! And the forumites……. a pathetic story for another day.

    • victor 3 years ago

      Poor preparation lead to the poor perforance of our super falcones,Bayana Bayana did better more better than our beloved super falcons because Bayana played the woman cosafa championship and won it they also played numerous friendly match,they played world champions such as USA,Brazil,and nigeria only played france and that was far away in March april this year,our new swedish coach have not brought any improvement to the national team besides his tactical approach to the name was rather poor also his changes from the bench was also very poor,i beleive if our former local coach have taken the team to awcon they would have to done better besides that some former outstanding players from previous competetion were droped,players like the most confident goalie at the 2006 awcon Alaba Jonathan and one of our defender Ugo Njoku,Tochukwu our goalie was outstanding no doubt,Oneme Ebi was superb,Osinachi Ohale very good,Josephone Chukunonye,Ayinde Alimat,our skipo’s game improved from the semis,she was not bad good at the group stage i mean Rita Chukwuelu,Francine Ordega also was outstanding,this competition was not for Oshoala and oparanozie that is all i have to say

  • Victor 3 years ago

    i have sent two important comment and none of my comment have been posted

  • ako amadi 3 years ago

    Let’s congratulate our darling Super Falcons for now. However, a lot of engineering has to be done on that team if they are to win even a single match at the World Cup in France in June , 2019. The coaches have seen what we all saw – a slow, lethargic eleven, burdened by old age and tired legs. I’m sure the necessary corrective measures will be taken

  • Victor 3 years ago

    Poor preparation lead to our bad outing at the awcon,Bayana bayana did better thanour girls simply becos they played the COSAFA women championship,their futbal federation also prepare alot of friendly martches for them,remember they played world champion uSA,BRAZIL while NFF only organize just one friendly match against france and that was far back March/April this year,secondly our Swedish coach have not contributed to the sucess of the team entirely besides that is changes from the bench has no effect on the game sooo far,he is also using the formation our Local Coaches used in previous competetions,some outsting players were not also taken to the competition,players such as Alaba Jonathan(Goalie)Ugo Njoku
    The players that were outstanding throughout the competition was TOCHUKWU OLEHI,ONOME ABI,OSINACHI OHALE,AYINDE,ORGEGA,RITA CHUKWUELY games improved from the semis,oshoala and oparanozie had a bad competition soooo far,upon all GOD of soccer was by oyr side,congrat super falcons for putting a very big smile in millions of Nigeria faces