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Banyana Banyana Shock Falcons In AWCON Opener

Banyana Banyana Shock Falcons In AWCON Opener


By Johnny Edward:

Reigning Africa Women Cup of Nations champions the Super Falcons of Nigeria suffered a shock 1-0 loss to the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in their opening group B clash at the Cape Coast stadium in Ghana reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


Chrestinah Kgatlana grabbed the match-winner six minutes from time firing in thumping shot from the edge of the box.


It was the ninth encounter between both teams at the AWCON championship since inaugurated in 2000, having met eight times in 10 previous editions.


The cagey encounter saw both teams creating few chances in the opening minutes, with Mamello Makhabane’s long-range shot from the middle of the park coming close.


Desire Oparanoize had the Super Falcons best chance to score in the 32nd minute but the Guingamp forward blazed Asisat Oshoala delightful cut back pass into the stands.


The Banyana Banyana then appealed for a penalty after Refiloe Jane was brought down inside the box, however, the plea fell on deaf ears as the referee waved play on instead.


In the second half, Banyana almost took the lead when a low cross-connected with Jermain Seoposenwe but she shot wide of the target from close range.


Banyana threatened later on but beat the side-netting through an acute angle from Thembi Kgatlana.


The latter wasn’t denied five minutes from time as she rifled home a first-time volley.


In search of a come back with limited time remaining, Banyana stood their ground to beat the Nigerians for the first time in eleven games.

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  • Aleks 2 years ago

    We managed to get ourselves a “world class” foreign coach who is giving us our worst results so far in female football. NFF needs to take action on this coach fast before we become the laughing stock off the countries that use to fear the very sound of Super Falcons!
    By the way, the entire Nigerian sports press including completesports clearly expressed the disdain the have for female football. Absolutely nothing was written about this girls leading to the game. No known sports publication showed any interest by way of one article about this game within the last 48hrs.
    Ironically completesports and their co-travellers are rushing to “celebrate” the loss immediately after the game! 

  • Austin 2 years ago

    I am sad we lost this game. The girls gave their best. Two things caused us this loss. The first is that either the girls couldn’t understand the new coach’s tactics which got them confused from the normal traditional way they used to play or that the coach couldn’t get his tactical formations and substitutions right. Assuming that all was OK, then a third reason is that some of our girls are fatigued and old. They couldn’t meet up with the pacy South Africans especially in the midfield. But this loss is a wake up call both for the players and technical crew. I’m sure our girls will do their best to do more and win the tournament. I trust them. Love you super falcons.

  • I think 95% of these team won the last 2-3 Awcon competitions and they’re getting old, slow and tired. Is there no succession plan in place to allow youngsters integrate into the team?

    And why was Florence Omagbemi sacked after winning the last Awcon in Cameroun in 2016? Because the girls/women famously protested to be paid their winning allowance as promised before leaving their hotel rooms? I still can’t see the “coaching” impacted by this new white coach, Denerby. If anything, the team even became average, played so ordinary and predictable.

    I’ve never been convinced about the Falcons under him. The team seems to be regressing. So many poor or average results under him. All other indigenous coaches before did a lot better and their teams played beautiful, free-flowing and highly tactical football. Maybe this one is another “carpenter” that was hired because of his white skin, according to Steven Keshi.

  • Question is,how prepared were the super falcons going to this tournament? Zero.Since they win the last tournament in Cameroon. They stayed one full year without playing even one friendly match,when South african ladies are preparing with tournaments and friendlies.I wish them good luck,but the nff should take our female national team very serious or we will lose our dignity.

  • “Won”

  • Leon Kereotubo 2 years ago

    The Nigerian coach did a very bad job. Am sure he is not goog enough for the job. Okon, the former falcons coach is much better than this guy. Nigeria should learn to send good indigenous coaches for international refresher courses to update them rather than bringing rejected and outdated foreign coaches whose ideologies doesn’t favour our football.

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    I am still banging my head to find an excuse to defend the NFF for hiring an ‘oyibo’ man but can’t find any.
    This is the worst coach the Super Falcons have ever had. Why spend so much money to import a coach that is worse than the ones we have at home?

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      The one we had were based here at home and knew all our players. even the ones playing abroad had passed through them while playing at home. Most of our coaches have either come fro Pelican stars of Calabar, Rivers angels of port-harcout or Delta Queens of Asaba….these 3 teams too are where most national players have or are still playing. I can bet this coach doesnt even know ALL his players by their full names yet. And with the near zero preparation arrangement made for this team, there’s little a new coach can do for just a few weeks…and thats why it almost seems like almost the same players that have played the last 2 afcons are still the ones we took to this very afcon….From the goalie to the strikers. in the short term….the coach is definitely gonna find it dificult….but in the long term he might come good. But for a team which played competitively for the first time since 2 years ago when they won the last tournament…. we need might look a little further beyond the coach for whom to hang

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    At times like these it is all so easy to blame the coach for the loss. But to only whom much is given should much be expected. Over the past 8-10 years…its always been topsy turvy for the super falcons when facing the likes of SA, Ghana or Cameroun…I can remember when last we beat any of these 3 by 2 goals or more. But the girls always somehow manage to grind out results, either by sheer grit or superior talent. We only started preparing for this tournament 5 weeks ago and played zero international friendlies, SA has been preparing the whole year and has been in and out of camp…playing 8 international friendlies in the process. For a team we have only been managing to beat to have had this much preparations as compared to ours in which 3 out of the 5 weeks of camping was to weed out a large chunk of 30 players, leaving just 2 weeks for focused camping….then such a defeat shouldn’t be a suprise.
    Again we also cannot discountenance the attitude and output of the players too…clearly our approach going into that game was that of “this is another piece of cake for us’. Looking at how Oparanozie blasted that 38th minute open goal opportunity over the bar…it smirks off non-chalance and laxity. A goal up at that point in the game would have made the SAs come out to play in the second half and open more opportunities for us in their backline…rather than the ultra defensive approach they adopted more almost the whole game. In games like these…one moment of laxity and you will be picking the ball from your net….and that was exactly what happened.
    That been said..this is just the begining of the tournament. Nigerian teams have this character of growing into a tournament and thus I back the SF to bounce back strongly. This kinds of defeats are blessing in disguise and are needed once in a while to jolt us awake. I could remember when we suffered our first ever loss in female football on the African continent way back in 2002 at the asaba township stadium…it was unbelievable….it was like our invincibility was never gonna be broken..but the truth is that one day is always one day when monkey go go market and e nor go return. That defeat jolted the team back awake and they went on to thump SA 6-0 in the next game which was the semi-finals with Olaitan yussuf scoring a hat-trick.
    So our team should shed this garment of invincibility and start taking every game as seriously as they will take playing USA, JAPAN or FRANCE. The rest of africa are not ready to lie low and be steam rolled anymore.
    Also, The NFF should up their game when it comes to female football. They dont give these girls too much…so they shouldnt expect too much. After winning the AWCON in 2016 it took almost another 1 and half years to bring them to back to camp for one hurriedly arranged friendly with France…and that was after the girls had gone out to be media to cry out about their long term inactivity and how it may be dangerous as the 2018 is also gonna be a world cup qualifier. One would argue that they played the WAFU tourney…but a large chuck of the girls in that team are not here at the AWCON.
    Just as our defeat to SA in uyo became a blessing in disguise in the end….i believe also this defeat too will be a blessing in disguise. I still remian faithful to the ability of the SF to go all the way in this tournament…but the lessons remain that WE ARE NO LONGER INVINCIBLE….!!!

    • Bomboy 2 years ago

      Good one, Dr. Frey. You are so on point.

    • Absolutely the coach should bear a large chunk of the blame.
      Many would argue that with tapes, DVDs online clips and other materials available to him as an international coach of presumed high standards he should by now would have pick a competent squad capable of getting a positive result against South Africa on Sunday.
      Okay preparations were scant going into this tournament but was he not the same coach who took the same girls to a friendly against France in April this year that they lost 8:0?
      What has he learnt from that friendly match? From the evidence of the formation, tactics and team selection against South Africa, he does not appear to have learnt a lot.
      Also, he was around when the local girls came 3rd in Wafu recently. Again what has he taken away from this?
      Please don’t get me wrong, it is still early days for this coach but he needs to turn things around and he needs to do this quick otherwise there would have been no justification for hiring him in the first place.
      And, why can’t we continue to be invincible????? Is it not to continue that invincibility that the NFF hired a coach with pedigree of managing a team like Sweden?
      Yes, the days of flogging other female teams 10:0 may be a thing of the past but to give up our place as the leader, pacesetter and Queens of Africa female football will be a crime of epic magnitude.
      We are the greatest African female football team of all time so with proper management and harnessing of our talents at home and abroad, WE CAN CONTINUE OUR INVINCIBILITY FOR MANY SEASONS TO COME.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Hahahahaha……so coaches now pick teams for tournaments by just watching “… tapes, DVDs online clips and other materials available …”. I really look forward to the day when coaching will become that simple….maybe i too would just simply dust off my certificates an dive into the coaching business head on. Dennerby wasnt at WAFU cup as coach…he was just there as spectator having just been appointed days earlier. He sat in the stands with NFF officials all through the tourney. A large chunk of the WAFU team aint in AFCON at the moment. Between CMR vs NGR november 2016 and NGR vs SA 2018….the falcons played just three games…the 2 AWCON qualifiers against gambia in june 2017 and the hurriedly arranged friendly against france in april 2018. That averaging one game per year. A one match per year team from africa is hurriedly assembled to face a continuously active super power like france and unsurprisingly got thumpped….pls what lessons did you expect the coach to learn. April to November is 7 good months…no camping…no friendlies. We entered camp 5 weeks ago…used 3 weeks to screen players and the remaining 2 weeks to blend them with the foreign pros…and you expect INVINCIBILITY against another team that had been camping since January this year, played 8 international friendlies and the COSAFA cup…bcos the Dennerby will just split the skulls of 23 players open and stuff them with tactics. Naaaaaa…..its not gonna be fair on those who have been spending their own resources to organize and fly their team around the world for friendlies and closed camping.
        Your closing lines read…..”with proper management and harnessing of our talents at home and abroad, WE CAN CONTINUE OUR INVINCIBILITY FOR MANY SEASONS TO COME…..”
        pls read it again and carefully underline the words MANAGEMENT & HARNESSING.
        The FA is in charge of MANAGEMENT…not the coach….and the coach can only HARNESS, when the FA organizes camps and friendlies for the team.
        Barcelona under Guardiola was the greatest football team of all time….Brazil (1970), France (1998), Spain (2010) were the greatest national soccer teams. We also had our own era on invincibility from 1991 – 2002 and it is long gone. We have lost, reclaimed, lost and reclaimed ” our place as the leader, pacesetter and Queens of Africa female football” over and again and hence theres nothing criminal about it….the only crime we would be commiting against orsevles is to keep deluding ourselves that poor management of our female football and fire brigade approach will continue to keep us in our leadership postion

  • Personal opinion – I think the coach worked out a tactic that would have finished the game in the first half but our players messed it up. So SA capitalised. We dominated the entire game but lacked finishing touches. Time for new players to rise, the likes of Oparanozie should rest.

  • Drey Day, coaches of national teams do not have the luxury to inspect players at close quarters all the time like club coaches hence i don’t think it is unreasonable for them to check out the footage of players they intend to extend national team invitations to.
    Coaches of countries like England and Italy have the luxury to go to actual games to check out players because 90% of the national team players play in the local league.
    For a coach like the coach of Nigeria, unless he has a lot of scouts or personnel to go to a lot of club matches, it is not unreasonable to expect him to rely on dvd or any other form of footage of players he intends to invite.
    I never said Dennerby was the actual coach who took the girls to wafu, all I said was that ‘he was around’.
    Dennerby was already in post at the time of wafu hence his presence can only be counted as a positive.
    Like you said, the FA is responsible for management and the coach harnessing which is why I apportioned part of the blame to the coach (and not the whole blame).
    I choose to re-define the word invincible to mean dominance. I am a firm believer that we have all it takes to ‘dominate’ female football in Africa for seasons to come.
    As an African, I am happy that the other African countries are narrowing the gap in women’s football.
    That development, I think, should do more to help us get our house in order to devise the right strategies to ensure that we are always one step ahead.
    The competition should be welcomed.
    By appointing a foreign coach, it came across to me as a statement of intent from the FA to move female football in Nigeria in the right direction.
    For those criticising the coach, they just didn’t like what they saw on Sunday.
    Hopefully the match will serve as a wake up call to Dennerby and the FA that a lot of work needs to be done if Nigeria is to Continue to dominate female football in Africa for seasons to come.