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5 Talking Points From Super Falcons’ Win Vs Eq. Guinea At AWCON 2018

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Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU highlights five major talking points from Nigeria’s Super Falcons’ impressive 6-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in their Group B encounter at the African Women’s Nations Cup – AWCON 2018 in Ghana on Saturday.

1. Oshoala Finally Resurgent

After firing blanks in Super Falcons’ first two games against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa and Shepolopolo of Zambia, the reigning African Women’s Footballer of The Year proved her worth by grabbing a hat-trick in the 6-0 win against Equatorial Guinea.

Oshoala was also deservedly named woman of the match in the game.

For a player who was widely criticised, especially for her wastefulness against the Zambians, it is safe to say, she is definitely hit a resurgent form.

2. Ordega, Okobi Showed Class Again

The duo were behind most of the team’s creative moves in the previous game against Zambia and they proved it was no fluke with a repeat performance against Equatorial Guinea.

Ordega who grabbed a goal and an assist in the game, was a thorn in the flesh of the Equatorial Guineans with her direct approach and dribbling runs.

Okobi on her part, worked hard as ever and was almost everywhere on the pitch.

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3. Falcons’ Wastefulness Persisted

Despite scoring six goals, the Super Falcons still wasted a number of clear cut opportunities in the game which would have made the scoreline more massivePersist is one key area the handler of the team, Thomas Dennerby needs to work on especially with the competition now in the knockout stages.

4. Impregnable Defence

Another win and another clean sheet. The Onome Ebi’s led defence has done well so far in this tournamen, except for that loss of concentration in the opening game against South Africa which resulted in the Banyana Banyana only goal of the game.

Against Equatorial Guinea, they were efficient again and warded off the threats of the opponents’ attackers, keeping another clean sheet in the process.

5. Falcons Finally Showed Champions’ character

The Super Falcons, no doubt, have truly recovered from that shocking defeat to South Africa in their first game. Though there is still room for improvement, the Super Falcons showed more cohesion and understanding in their game. One can only hope they will get better and better as they advance in the tournament.



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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