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U-17 WWC: We’ll qualify for next round, Flamingoes coach assures

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The head coach of Nigeria U-17 women’s national team, Bankole Olowookere has assured Nigerians that the Flamingoes will qualify for the next round of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India despite their opening 2-1 defeat to Germany.

The Flamingos are billed to clash with New Zealand in a must-win battle at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday to guarantee their chances of advancing from Group B.

Olowookere attributed the team’s loss to Germany to lack of concentration, saying the girls had learnt their lessons and ready to take on New Zealand.

“We lost concentration (against Germany), we were forced to play their pattern, although the Germans were forcing themselves on us. If we had maintained our style of play, we would have won,” Olowookere was quoted as saying on NFF Twitter handle.

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He expressed confidence about Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the next round.

Olowookere said, “Yes we will qualify, we planned to win the German game, but in football you win, draw and you lose.

“Unfortunately, we lost our first game, we are going to work hard and block the loopholes, so, we will be able to forge ahead. We need to win our next match to keep ourselves afloat in the tournament.

“I will play my role with other technical crew members to encourage the girls and make them believe that hope is not lost. We still have two more games to play and we just have to give it our all to make sure that Nigeria flies its flag high in this tournament.”Chile trashed New Zealand 3-1 to top Group B with three points and+2 goals advantage. Germany are second with three points and +1 goal advantage while Nigeria are third on the log, with New Zealand bottom.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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