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021 Flying Officers Cup Day 3 Review

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The Flying Officers Cup 2021 reached day three on Tuesday with the three games all ending 1-0 each against WACO Ladies, Nasarawa Amazons, and Naija Ratels FC.

The 2021 Flying Officers Cup reaches day three on Tuesday at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja (the capital city of Nigeria).

Sunshine Queens of Akure in the first game of the day upended WACO Ladies of Abuja 1-0 in a close encounter between the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership side and the non-league side.

After 14 minutes of the keenly contested encounter, Sunshine Queens FC eventually found the breakthrough in the 15th minute as Taye Ajibade scored the winning goal for Betty Babes from a rebound.

After conceding, WACO Ladies FC gathered momentum showing intent and purpose to equalise without conceding any goal.

WACO Ladies’ goalkeeper, Abani Osinachi in the 32nd minute brilliantly saved an effort from Eretan Ireti, which got the fans applauding her for the performance.

WACO Ladies FC in the 58th minute were handed a penalty by the referee after Ekocha Stella was brought down inside the Sunshine Queens’ penalty area.

Ekwe Favour could not win the battle of wills as she played the resulting penalty wide from the spot.

Edo Queens in the second game of the day pipped Nasarawa Amazons 1-0 to kick off its campaign on a positive note.

Nasarawa Amazons started the game with intent and purpose but the heroics of Obidinma Nkiruka in goal for Edo Queens prevented the Lafia based side from finding the back of the net.

In the 14th minute, Edo Queens goalkeeper, Obidinma Nkiruka did well to punch an intending ball away for safety.

Adaobi Ukah in the 57th minute was brought down by Duru Joy and the referee signals for a free kick in favour of Edo Queens.

Left full-back, Ajimuda Rebecca converted the resultant free-kick to score the winning goal for Edo Queens in the 60th minute.

NWFL Championship side, Dannaz Ladies FC earned a 2-0 win over NWFL Nationwide side, Lakeside Queens in the third game of the day.

The game started in a cagey affair until the 44th minute when Ambali Sekinat in goal for Lakeside Queens was forced into making a double save denying Akinbo Ajoke in two quick successions.

After consecutive pressure from Dannaz Ladies FC, their efforts were rewarded in the 56th minute with a deserved penalty after Akinbo Ajoke was brought down inside the 18-yard-box.

Two minutes later, Ogunfunwa Omotoke slotted the resulting penalty to give Dannaz Ladies FC the lead.

In the 60th minute, Mosindi Angela doubled Dannaz Ladies FC’s lead as she ran through free space and beat the goalkeeper flawlessly.

In the last game of the day, NWFL Premiership side, Royal Queens of Warri inflicted Naija Ratels FC with its first defeat of the tournament earning a 1-0 victory over the host team.

Naija Ratels FC created lots of chances in the course of the game but failed to utilize them as Olamide Adugbe and Bello Aminat failed to convert their chances in the first half.

Two minutes from halftime, Royal Queens FC goalkeeper, Ohana Ruth expertly saved a fantastic volley from Aminat Bello.

Naija Ratels maintained large chunk of possession in the second half but were unable to find the back of the net as Royal Queens defended well and posed dangerous counter-attacking threats.

In the 55th minute, Eunice Godwin scored the winning goal for Royal Queens FC.

Naija Ratels toiled hard to get the equaliser but to no avail as Royal Queens moved to the top of Group A with three points from its first game.

Action will continue on Wednesday, October 13, as Honey Badgers FC face Ghana Police Ladies FC in the early game by 8 am.

Prince Kazeem Eletu will trade tackles with defending Champions, Bayelsa Queens by 10:30 am.

FC Robo Queens and Osun Babes will attempt to seal a place in the quarter-final with a win after opening day victory over Prince Kazeem Eletu Queens FC and Bayelsa Queens respectively.

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The final game of the day will see Confluence Queen’s square up with Sunshine Queens by 3 pm.

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Super Falcons target big win against Black Queens

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Super Falcons target big win against Black Queens

Nine-time African champions Nigeria are confident they can earn a good win on home ground on Wednesday that will put them at relative advantage in their 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Ghana’s black queens.

Both fierce continental rivals will slug it out at the Mobolaji johnson arena in the first leg of this fixture, which will eliminate one of the best teams in women’s football on the continent and render that team inactive for the next two-and-half years.

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On Sunday, the super falcons’ camp opened in Lagos ahead of the double quickfire with the queens, with the return leg holding in Accra this Sunday.

The 12th women Africa cup of nations, scheduled for Morocco in the summer of next year, will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the 32-team 2023 FIFA world cup finals in Australia and New Zealand in 2023, meaning that the team that loses out in the Ghana/Nigeria fixture will be without meaningful shooting practice until the qualifiers for the 2024 AFCON finals are activated.

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NLO TV Will Change The Face Of Grassroot Football In Nigeria – Akinwunmi

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Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has hinted that the NLO TV App will give grassroot football in Nigeria a new identity.

Management of the nation’s third-tier domestic league launched its television and a video viewing application, as they began airing the 2021/22 matches starting with the Optima Energy NLO Super 8 match-day games.

“The NLO is the birthplace for grassroot football, that’s where fireworks should be tapping from, the earlier acknowledge that the better for all of us, said Akinwunmi.

“The app will change the face of NLO matches completely because we can now see these players in their elements. The whole world can see the kind of football Nigeria has in stock.

“We underestimate ourselves, now the coaches have no place to hide. They can not say they have not seen the players rather wherever they are our national team coaches can easily access these players.

“Am very proud of what Mohammed Alkali, the Chairman NLO, Sola Ogunowo and his team have done, which is something we must emulate.

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“Technology is the way forward and this will change the face of football, believe me, just give it a few years. It is fine to have it at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) level but when you have it at the grassroot, it changes the face of the game.”

Speaking further as regards the quality of work done at the Remo Stars Stadium venue for Optima Energy NLO Super 8 play-off, the Sports Lawyer gave the edifice a pass mark.

“We have been looking forward to this for quite a while and am so glad I was able to make it. First of all, you see the ambience of the place, it’s still a work in progress but it’s a fantastic stadium.

“The quality of football we saw on Monday morning at the Remo Stars Stadium shows that we will continue to have talents in Nigeria.”

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Flying Officers Cup 2021: Esther Michael Proud of Team’s Feat, Reveals Secret Plans For Quarter-Final 

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After putting up stellar performances which did not only earned them Quarter finals slot at the ongoing Flying Officers Cup in Abuja, Confluence Queens also hold hundred percent record in the tournament with three wins from three games, the Coach of Confluence Queens, Esther Michael has attributed the form to understanding of purpose.

 

Speaking on Saturday afternoon, after their match against WACO Ladies, the friendly speaking Coach said she’s excited and on top of the world that the team is working perfectly to their target

 

“I feel excited because that was my dream before we came around.”

 

Confluence Queens is one of the highest scoring side with 9 goals and none conceded yet against SGH Ladies, Sunshine Queens and WACO Ladies.

 

Esther Michael while reacting to this feat said they had plans on ground from previous outings and the hard work is beginning to pay off.

 

“Even before we came for this tournament, we went to Edo, picked up one or two lessons there then we set a target, surely we are going to come victorious because even the last tournament, Confluence Queens player was the highest goals scorer, so we are fully focused on our target.”

 

On what their next move is going to be from the quarter finals stage, Esther said that, they hope to keep up with their good record in the competition and probably get to the final.

 

“By God’s grace, we are coming out all out to put up good performance and aim for the win.”

 

The Coach also revealed what they have in stock ahead of the coming NWFL Premiership season.

 

“One of our plans is not to just qualify for the Super 6, but to try a step further and win the Premiership.”

 

Confluence Queens crashed out of the first round of the 2020 Flying Officers Cup, but have already won their three group games in the ongoing 2021 edition.

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