Ashleigh Plumptre wins Leicester City Women’s PFA Community Award

Leicester City Women have named Super Falcons defender, Ashleigh Plumptre as the club’s 2021/22 PFA Community Champion. 

Leicester City Women have named Super Falcons defender, Ashleigh Plumptre as the club’s 2021/22 PFA Community Champion. 

The PFA Community Champion Award was created to recognize the tremendous assistance that PFA members give to their club’s community efforts throughout the season.

“Ashleigh Plumptre has been named as the Club’s 2021/22 PFA Community Champion”, Leicester City said in a statement.

Ashleigh helped the Leicestershire based side escape relegation to the Women’s Championship after a round of 22 games.

She’s now setting sights on also helping the Super Falcons retain the AWCON title when the tournament starts in July 2022.

Ashleigh Plumptre made her debut for Nigeria in a 2-0 victory over Ivory Coast in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations of Nation Qualifiers in February at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

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Christy Ucheibe wins her second Portuguese League title with SL Benfica

Super Falcons midfielder, Christy Ucheibe’s side, SL Benfica have emerged as winners of the Portuguese Liga BPI after defeating Sporting CP.

Super Falcons midfielder, Christy Ucheibe has been crowned a Portuguese league champion for the second consecutive time. Her side, SL Benfice defeated Sporting CP 3-1 on Sunday to secure top spot in the division.

Ucheibe started the game from the bench, but came on in the 73rd minute to help seal the victory. The combative midfielder made 2 interceptions, 1 tackle, and 1 successful dribble in her time on the field.

She continues to rack up her medals with the Portuguese side, after winning the league and cup double in the 2020/2021 season.

Ucheibe expressed her delight following the triumph on Instagram with a post reading: “What a feeling!! It’s Back to Back History. BICAMPEÄS
What God cannot do doesn’t exist”

At only the age of 21-year old and after impressing in her first few performances with the Super Falcons, the best is surely yet to come for the rising star.

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AWCON 2022: Super Falcons drawn against South Africa, Burundi and Botswana

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

Nigeria won their 11th championship in 2018 after defeating South Africa.

The 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) draw has been completed, with South Africa, Burundi, and Botswana placed in Group C alongside 11-time African champions Nigeria.

CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu, Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Ajara Nchout, as well as Morocco’s former minister of sports Nawal El Moutawakel, performed the drawings at the Mohamed VI Complex in Rabat, Morocco.

CAF gave seeded teams Morocco, Cameroon, and the Super Falcons automatic positions in Groups A, B, and C, respectively, ahead of the draw on Friday.

The top two teams from each group will go to the quarter-finals automatically, while the third-place team will compete for a spot in the last eight as one of the two best losers.

The Super Falcons qualified for the AWCON in February after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 on aggregate. They will now focus on the competition in Morocco.

Nigeria is the defending champions and have won the title three times in a row, having won the event in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and has won the AWCON an unprecedented 11 times.

In Morocco, up to 15 players from Nigeria’s AWCON roster might make their tournament debut.

The 2022 showcase will be the first time that 12 teams compete in the women’s continental event, up from 8 in previous tournaments.

The tournament, which will take place in Morocco from July 2 to 23, 2022, will also serve as an African qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The top four teams at the AWCON will automatically qualify for the World Cup with two more teams, proceeding to the inter-confederation play-offs to seek a place in the Australia-New Zealand-hosted tournament.

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Asisat Oshoala returns from injury in Barcelona’s demolition of Wolfsburg

Asisat Oshoala made her return to match action after two months out with injury, in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg. 

Asisat Oshoala returns from injury in Barcelona’s demolition of Wolfsburg

Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala made her return to match action after two months out with injury, in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg. 

The UEFA Champions League defending champions took on the German giants in the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinal.

Asisat Oshoala came on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Jennifer Hermoso.

Barcelona’s superior performance paid off as they overcame Wolfsburg for the first time in four encounters.

Wolfsburg had become a fish bone in the gullet for the Spanish giants, but the Blaugrana’s recent success allowed them to make mincemeat of their fellow European giants. 

Aitana Bonmati’s third-minute goal opened the floodgates in front of a raucous Camp Nou crowd.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 22: Asisat Oshoala of FC Barcelona Women celebrates at the end of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between FC Barcelona and VfL Wolfsburg at on April 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

Caroline Hansen increased the lead in the 10th minute, as the hosts jumped off to a quick lead.

Wolfsburg tried to pull one back, but were quickly beaten by Hermoso’s goal in the 33rd minute.

Alexia Putellas, the Ballon D’Or winner, scored the European champions’ fourth goal of the night, while Jil Roord gave the visitors something to take home.

Putellas finished the rout with 5 minutes remaining in normal time.

Despite her late introduction, Oshoala performed admirably and had three shots on target during the game.

Barcelona has taken a commanding lead into the second leg and is on set to capture their second European title.

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Super Falcons to know AWCON 2022 foes on April 25th

The group stage draws for the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco, will take place on Monday, April 25th 2022.

Super Falcons to know AWCON 2022 foes on April 25th

The group stage draws for the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco, will take place on Monday, April 25th 2022.

Goals from Ifeoma Onumonu and Esther Okoronkwo steered the Super Falcons to a 3-0 aggregate win over Cote d’Ivoire in the final round of the qualifiers in February 2022.

Nigeria won the Africa Women Cup of Nations (formerly known as the African Women Championship) for the first time in 1998, and has since won seven more championships.

The only two instances in the competition’s history that the Super Falcons did not win were when the tournaments were held in Equatorial Guinea, in 2008 and 2012.

Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Togo, Senegal, Tunisia, Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa, and Burkina Faso are the 12 teams who have qualified. They will be drawn it into four groups, with three teams each.

The four semi-finalists will represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. It is to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and is scheduled to take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023.

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Ajibade and Onumonu on target as Super Falcons hold Canada to a draw

The Super Falcons came back from a 2-0 loss three days earlier to play a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Canadian Women’s National Team.

Ajibade and Onumonu on target as Super Falcons hold Canada to a draw in Langford, BC

The Nigerian women’s national team was on the verge of earning a remarkable victory over its illustrious opponents on Monday night. 

Nigeria came back from a 2-0 loss three days earlier to play a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Canadian women’s national team at the Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC

Ifeoma Onumonu and Rasheedat Ajibade were on target for the African champions, who were able to salvage some pride in their draw over the reigning Olympic winners.

After a lackluster performance in the first leg of their two-legged friendly match against Canada, the Super Falcons were eager to improve their performance against the world’s sixth-ranked team.

After five minutes, they rightfully took the lead when Ifeoma Onumonu’s exquisite back-heel kick went past Kailen Sheridan in the Canadian goal.

Nigeria went into the break with a lead thanks to Chiamaka Nnadozie’s outstanding goalkeeping and some solid defensive play.

Following an error from Onome Ebi, Canada was able to pin the Africans back quickly after the restart through Christine Sinclair. 

In the 53rd minute, though, Rasheedat Ajibade’s cross bounced beyond substitute Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, who stood powerless as the ball soared behind her.

The Super Falcons hung on for the majority of the second half, but a late equalizer by Shelina Zardowsky denied them a memorable second-ever victory over the CONCACAF giants.

With their tour of Canada completed, the Randy Waldrum-coached ladies will focus on defending their title at the African Women’s Nations Cup in Morocco.

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Randy Waldrum speaks on Nigeria’s ambition to emulate Canada

This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at. – Randy Waldrum

Randy Waldrum speaks on Nigeria’s ambition to emulate Canada

The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost by a two goal margin to Tokyo Olympics champions, Canada at Vancouver.

Jessie Flemming opened the scoring in the 51st minute and Vanessa Gilles padded the home side’s lead with a goal in the 72nd.

The Super Falcons missed some players on the night and their absence was felt in the game.

When asked about what he (Randy Waldrum) thought of the result game despite missing key players like Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega and co.

He said: “This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at.

“Canada didn’t just arrive here overnight either so we get to understand that the result in a friendly against a team with top quality like this is not as important as the quality of play.

“Obviously everyone wants to get a result when they step on the field. This will make us better, cause we had to play some younger players.

“You mentioned Asisat, we didn’t have Vivian as well, we didn’t have Ihuezu who plays for us upfront, Osinachi Ohale who plays at the back.

“So we can in one way justify that it wasn’t a full squad, but the good thing is that we try to teach our players that we play with what we have and it’s definitely going to prepare us for AWCON.”

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Canada Women defeat resilient Super Falcons

On Friday, the Canadian women’s soccer team celebrated their Olympic success by defeating Nigeria 2-0 in a friendly match.

Canada Women defeat resilient Super Falcons

On Friday, the Canadian women’s soccer team celebrated their Olympic success by defeating Nigeria 2-0 in a friendly match.

The home side had majority of the possesion across the first half but Labbé was called into action in the 28th minute.

Rasheedat Ajibade broke through the Canadian backline and launched a rocket to the top of the box, but Labbé was able to make a fingertip save to keep the score at 0-0.

In the 51st minute, Deanne Rose set up the game’s opening goal, passing the ball to Flemming at the top of the six-yard box. Flemming struck the ball to a sharp-angle shot that soared above  the shoulder of Chiamaka Nnadozie.

After appearing to sustain an injury, Oluehi came on to replace Nnadozie in the 70th minute.

Canada extended their lead in the 72nd minute.

Jordyn Huitema headed the ball to Gilles, who in return headed it in past Tochukwu Oluehi.

In the 68th minute, Sheridan made her biggest save of the night, diving to deflect a shot from Oyedupe Payne just wide of the post.

Friday was the first time the Canadian and Nigerian women’s teams have met since a friendly in Spain in April 2019, when Canada won 2-1.

Nigeria is ranked 39th in the world, while Canada is ranked sixth.

The two teams will face again in Langford, B.C., on Monday for the second game in the B.C. leg of the celebratory tour.

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Desire Oparanozie joins Chinese champions Wuhan Jiangda FC

Former Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie has completed a move from Dijon FCO in France to Chinese champions, Wuhan Jiangda FC.

Desire Oparanozie joins Wuhan Jiangda FC in the Chinese Women’s Super League

Former Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie has completed a move from Dijon FCO in France to Chinese champions, Wuhan Jiangda FC.

The Nigeria Super Falcons forward decided to leave the Saint-Brieuc based side two years after joining from Guingamp Feminine. 

Desire joins the side ahead of the start of the 2022 league season next week.

Oparanozie who completed her move on Thursday took to her Twitter account to announce her new club.

She wrote: “Beginning of a new chapter for a few more prints on the sands of time. The journey continues, this time in Asia.

The forward scored five goals and created two in the colours of Dijon this season before departing for China. 

The 28-year-old has 22 goals in 35 appearances for the Super Falcons. 

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Super Falcons to face Canada in a friendly double-header

The Super Falcons will face Olympic Gold medalists, Canada, in an international friendly double-header next month.

Super Falcons to face Canada in a friendly double-header

The Super Falcons will face Olympic Gold medalists, the Women’s National Team of Canada in two international friendlies, as part of the Canada Women’s National Team Celebration Tour.

On Friday, April 8 at BC Place in Vancouver, and on Monday, April 11 at Langford’s Starlight Stadium on Victoria Island, the two-match west coast series will be played.

Canada vs Nigeria - April 8,2022

“We look forward to reconnecting with our Canadian fans on the west coast for these two home matches,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. 

“These two matches against Nigeria in Vancouver and Langford will also provide us with great experience as we continue to prepare for this summer’s qualifiers to both the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.”

Canada v Nigeria - April 11, 2022

Canada’s most recent match in British Columbia, prior to the global epidemic, was a 1:1 draw with the United States in November 2017.

The Super Falcons like the Canadians, are preparing for the summer qualifications for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand 2023.

Nigeria are also one of the 12 nations competing in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place from July 2 to July 23.

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