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Super Falcons bow to US counterpart, as Bayelsa Queens qualify for CAF women’s champions League

By Tobi Awodipe
04 September 2022   |   4:42 am
Nigeria's Super Falcons had a tough time yesterday night during the friendly match against the United States of America (USA), as they lost 4-0.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons had a tough time yesterday night during the friendly match against the United States of America (USA), as they lost 4-0.

Sophia Smith, Lindsay Horan and Alex Morgan, scored the four goals, as the United States’ women national team defeated the Super Falcons in an international friendly game yesterday in Kansas city.

The Americans raced to a quick 3-0 lead in the first half through Smith (14th and 46th minute) and Horan (25th minute). The Super Falcons tightened their defence in the second half, but it didn’t stop Morgan from getting her country’s fourth goal in the 52nd minute.

Nigeria is on a two-game playing tour of the U.S., which is part of their preparation for next year’s women World Cup billed for Australia and New Zealand. Both teams will meet again in Washington DC on September 6.

Meanwhile, Nigerian champions, Bayelsa Queens, defeated Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa, 3-0 to become the country’s first club to qualify for the CAF Women’s Champions League. In the game played in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Bayelsa Queens proved that Nigeria’s failure to make the competition last year did not portray the true state of women football in West Africa by their complete dominance of the competition.

Nigeria’s Under-19 girls’ volleyball team did not fare better, as they lost their second match at the ongoing U-19 African Nations Volleyball Championship, holding in Abuja, which Nigeria is hosting.

Losing to Egypt in straight sets, the Nigerian team bowed out 22-25, 14-25 to their rivals yesterday evening despite a tightly contested first set. This loss is coming right on the heels of their earlier loss on Friday night, when Cameroon beat Nigeria 3-1, in the opening match of the tournament.

The match, played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, saw the girls managing to win only the first set of the match by 29-27. They were unable to win the remaining sets because the Cameroonian girls showed their supremacy in the game.

The Nigerian girls lost the second set 20-25 and the third set 14- 25. They finally succumbed in the fourth set, losing 20-25.
Speaking after the match, Cameroon’s captain said they were in Abuja to retain their title as the defending champions. “We are happy to win against Nigeria. The outcome of the match showed that we came very prepared for the championship.”

“In our next match against Egypt, we will play according to our coaches instructions which will also end with a victory. We will go back home with the trophy so as to maintain our title in the championship,” she said.

Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt are the countries participating at the 2022 U-19 Africa Girls Nations Championship. The event, which started on Thursday with a technical meeting with officials, will end on September 6.

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