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FIFA WWC: Germany Pip Unlucky Nigerian Falconets 1-0 In Group C Opener

FIFA WWC: Germany Pip Unlucky Nigerian Falconets 1-0 In Group C Opener

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria’s U-20 women team, the Falconets lost 1-0 to the three time World Champions, Germany in their opening Group C game at the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Stefanie Sanders fired in from close range in the 70th minute after the Falconets failed to clear their lines from a corner kick at the Stade de Marville, Saint Malo on Monday.

It’s the third defeat suffered by the Nigerian U-20 side in the hands of the German Womens U-20 team. They had lost in the finals of the 2010 and 2014 final.

The opening minutes of the game was scrappy as both teams failed to string good passes from the middle.

Germany came close twice before the break but were denied by Chiamaka Nnadozie who was outstanding in the encounter.

In the second half, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo also had chances but were denied by Vanessa Fischer.

Nnadozie made seven good saves to keep the German side at bay during the encounter but she could not stop Sanders from breaking the deadlock with 20 minutes left to play.

The unlucky Super Falconets had a chance to restore parity shortly after going down by a goal but Anam Imo was denied by the upright. She also came close to drawing level with a header in the final seconds of the game but her attempt was saved by Fischer.

The Falconets will look to redeem themselves when they face Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, 9th August.

Their final Group C game is against China at the Léhon’s Stade de Clos Gastel stadium on Monday, 13th August.

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  • Diuto Nwachukwu 3 years ago

    They were not disgraced… Hopefully with luck on their side they will make it to the next stage!

  • ako amadi 3 years ago

    Anytime Nigeria loses we use the word “unlucky” to qualify blatant failure. For one, our coach was running a commentary of instructions throughout the game, which must have confused the Falconets. The girls had poor first touch on the ball, and because of this were unable to string their passes early enough to make an impact. On a hot day which should have been to our advantage, the Germans finished with more energy. The Falconets must have spent a lot of energy kneeling down in front of the minister for their allowances, and had no fuel left on the field.

  • I watched the match and it could have gone either way. While the Nigerians appeared to have more footballing flair, the Germans were tactically superior. But as @ako amadi pointed out above, the coach or one of his assistants practically turned to a nuisance that possibly confused the girls more than helped them. He kept on shouting instructions in Yoruba and Pidgin on top of his lungs. Basic school football insructions oo, like “Sunday, that’s your ball,” “Don’t go back too much. Stay, stay,” “Don’t let her dribble. She wants to get a corner.” Like what da hell!!!

    • ako amadi 3 years ago

      All told, the Falconets were good enough for a draw, but I’ve never seen this kind of micro-management of a football team at this international level by a coach. There’s creativity in soccer, and the best players in the world while playing within a system apply individual sparks and improvise on the spur of the moment.If he had to give them minute by minute instructions why did they camp for so long? What did he teach them before they went on to the pitch? It was like a teacher writing exams for pupils. I was thinking that someone at the NFF would call his attention to shut up because it was so loud and embarrassing to hear on the PA system.

  • Tossyn 3 years ago

    It is a pity to see that our coaches are still far behind.One can see that the coach lacks the technical depth,barking instructions at every given second thereby confusing the girls.Playing against a German team with technical superiority,our coach should have corrected some lapses during the half time break but which he failed to do.The Germans came out stronger in the second half mounting pressure on our team which resulted in the goal.

  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    The girls played really well and I knew from onset that the match will be won by the luckiest of the two teams. This girls played well due to GOOD COACHING by a Coach that is under criticism by some fans here. Coach Manu Garba did same in 2013-Barking at the players in Hausa,Pidgin and English @the 2013 U-17 world cup yet they won. Then, no one called him names but just because the falconets lose to a very decent German side(which realistically we know if Nigeria beat them na by God’s grace) and now some fans are already calling for his head. Am sure if they should give some of the fans here a chance to boss Chris Danjuma right now, they will suggest he should be SACKED. Funny Nigerians. All they want is winning every time.

    • ako amadi 3 years ago

      All this talk about which team has LUCK, is LUCKIER, or is the LUCKIEST, what Nigerian football needs is the right strategic approach from quality coaches, and not just prayers and luck. If we are to depend on luck then we do not need coaches. Some of our coaches, like the one I saw today with the Falconets are from the Stone Age, and should not be allowed in a soccer arena.

    • If you have any intelligence about you Chairmanflipflop, you will know that the fans were highlighting the fact over-the-top micro management of the coach, nothing else.

      Chairmanfemi, who made you chairman sef? You should be femi no-more-no-less.

  • ako amadi 3 years ago

    Folks, what we’re saying is that when a Nigerian is studying in a university in Germany or UK or US, he does not say he’s proud when he fails an exam because the other students were better prepared. He works hard to beat them and prove his worth. Our sports managers must start believing that WE CAN DO IT, and stop going into competitions with an inferiority complex. Obama could not have become President of the US if he kept lamenting that he had no chance because of his colour.