FIFA KNOCKS FALCONS OVER POOR SHOWING IN FRANCE

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 World Soccer Ruling body, FIFA , under the aegis of its Technical Study Group (TSG) has given a damning verdict on the performance of the Super Falcons at the recently concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

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Super Falcons reached the round of 16 in France

The Coach Thomas Dennerby-led side beat only Korea Republic (2-0) in their Preliminary Group A match  but lost 3-0 to Norway and 1-0 to hosts France to sneak into the second round as one of the best losers. But the Falcons failed to progress further following an unimpressive 3-0 loss to Germany in the Round of 16.

 In an analytical review of the tournament, the TSG  headed by American April Heinrichs and working in conjunction  with the FIFA Coaching & Player Development Department led by Branimir Ujević, scored the Super Falcons below average   in almost all the departments of the game as it allocated 40 percent for possession in all the four matches  while they also came in distant 13th position in the overall standing.

The team also came a distant 16th position averaging a mere 25 percent in the  Opponents and Opposition Defenders Bypassed category  and were also awarded 21 percent in the Crosses and Cross success.

It would be recalled that the Super Falcons only scored two goals  in four matches in France consequently the TSG awarded  them with just 1.3 points  as per shots on target  even as the team  finished  bottom  as the team with the least distance coverage with 100.5km in four matches.

Yet Super Falcons’ assistant coach  at the tournament  and former Nigerian international, Maureen Mmadu  has stoutly defended the performance of the team in France, even as she admitted there is room for improvement.

“ I’m yet to  digest fully the report of the TSG but the truth is that we did our best in France  because  it was the first time we reached the  round of 16  since  at the FIFA World Cup since 1999,” Mmadu who  is the only Nigerian women  with over 100  international caps told Sportinglife.ng.“ Our coaching crew led by Thomas Dennerby tried our best to impact discipline and professionalism into the team  and I believe we could have even done more if we’d continued with the program we have for the team  after the World Cup in France. “

Mmadu who  played in four FIFA World Cups with the Super Falcons in her heyday  further told Sportinglife.ng that Nigerian clubs and players would have to imbibe true professionalism to enhance  the growth and development of the game.

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“ We still have a long way to go but our players  need to be as professional  as their counterparts in Europe and they must be ready to sacrifice especially when they are  playing for the Super Falcons,” she noted.

 

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