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Okon Blames Referee For Falcons Exit

Okon Blames Referee For Falcons Exit

By Nurudeen Obalola:

Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon has refused to take responsibility for his side’s FIFA Women’s World Cup defeat to the United States of America on Wednesday morning.
Instead, he is pointing the finger at the match officials, led by referee Kateryna Monzul from Ukraine.
The Nigerian girls put up a spirited fight but their physicality meant several yellow cards and a red card for right-back Sarah Nnodim.
But Okon, who appeared to ignore US coach Jill Ellis’ offer of a handshake after the match, refused to give his opponents credit for the 1-0 result.
“It’s been a good one and we thank God for the game,” Okon told the host broadcasters moments after the match, before adding with a heavy dose of sarcasm: “We thank God for the officiating in the competion. In the first and second halves, we thank the referee. That’s all.”
When pushed to explain why his team could not create chances against the US like they did against Sweden in their opening 3-3 draw, Okon retorted tersely: “There was frustration from the officiating.”
Okon faced heavy criticism back home for his tactics in the 2-0 defeat to Australia that left the Falcons needing a victory against powerhouses USA to stand a chance of reaching the knockout rounds for the first time since 1999.
But the Falcons were impressive in spells against the USA, and they kept going even when they were a woman short.

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  • The result went against Nigeria does not reflects why should the girls and coach take the blames,

  • Michael Omotor 6 years ago

    I entirely agree with coach Okon assessment of the game.The game was poorly officiated and it appears the referee was busy giving yellow cards to falcons players instead of allowing the game of soccer to be played.Nff write a protest letter for bad officiating to fifa.

  • Lolexman 6 years ago

    The referee is a racist. She is from Ukraine so I don’t expect less. I just blamed the falcons for not taking their chances. Look at that sitter missed by Assisat. We have the talent no doubt, we surely require something extra next time

  • romeo 6 years ago

    nobody, and i mean nobody should blame the refreee for our exit; nigerian girls lack ambition, technical and tacticla ability. we didnt play to expectation; we played as if we needed draw for the match. Okon no be gifted coach.

    we ought to win that match. d usa ladies were short of ideas on how to brake down our defensive tactics. we dont have natural finishers. oshoala messed up. but i blame our coach; he lack the technical ability. the only thing we did well this morning was to defend well which was not good for us against sweeden who knew how to mount pressure which usa did know how to do. we dont know how to hurt our opponent. kick and follow is good for ladies football – u shift pressure back to your opponent half and play there.  i wonder what we did in training.

  • The girls fall my hand. Tye were not hungry for victory. They were too heavy and latergic. They played as if nothing was at stake.