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AWCON Qualifiers: Black Queens Beat Nigeria In Accra But Super Falcons Advance

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AWCON Qualifiers: Black Queens Beat Nigeria In Accra But Super Falcons Advance

Ghana have been eliminated from the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers despite beating Nigeria 1-0 in Accra on Sunday.

Princella Adubea scored the only goal of the game as she after slotted home from close range after receiving a through ball early in the second half.

Ghana coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo largely kept faith with the side that started in the first leg, offering starting places to Djurgardens ace Portia Boakye and the Spain-based duo of Adubea and Grace Asantewaa.

The Black Queens needed to score twice to stand any chance of overturning the first-leg result and started on the front foot, creating a number of chances.

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Tagoe-Quarcoo’s girls failed to capitalise on their early dominance as the game was deadlocked at half time.

Minutes after the restart, Adubea took her opportunity as she calmly finished after being put through on goal.

The goalscorer almost got her brace moments later but her header, having connected to a free-kick, struck the bar.

The Black Queens kept piling pressure on their West African counterparts but suffered a setback halfway through the second half as Boakye received her marching orders for a second bookable offence.

The Nigerians’ numerical advantage, however, lasted only for 10 minutes as Glory Ogbonna was sent off in the 75th minute for a reckless challenge on Naomi Animah.

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After an injury-time goal-mouth scamble, which saw Ghana hit the bar again in what was the last significant action of the game, the referee brought the game to an end.

Nigeria, who are the defending Afcon champions, booked their ticket to the final round of the qualifiers as they seek complete qualification for the final tournament which will be hosted in Morocco.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ivorian Football Federation Elects Idriss Yacine Diallo As New President

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Ivorian Football Federation elects Idriss Yacine Diallo as new President

Idriss Yacine Diallo has been elected as the president of the Côte d’Ivoire Football Federation, following a second round of voting in Abidjan on Saturday.

The President of the Ivorian Football Federation polled 63 votes against his challenger Sory Diabaté who polled 61 votes.

Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba didn’t get enough votes in the elections to become new president of Ivorian Football Federation and dropped out in the first round.

The Chelsea legend now has failed failed twice and could not join the list of former footballers like Samuel Eto’o, Denis Obua (Uganda), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Leodgar Tenga (Tanzania), Walter Nyamilandu and Congolese Jean-Michael M’Bono who later become President of their various country’s football governing body.

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Iddris Yacine Diallo will lead the Ivorian Football Federation for the next four years.

 

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has been sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF].

A statement by the NFF on Thursday, March 31, reads: “Following the failure of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the erstwhile Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down from that position with immediate effect.

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years’ contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.

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“A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

The sacked crew included ex-internationals like Emmanuel Amuneke and Joseph Yobo.

Eguavoen took charge of the Super Eagles before AFCON 2021, after former coach, Gernot Rohr, was sacked due to unsatisfactory performances during the first round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The former Super Eagles full-back, Eguavoen, initially stepped down after Nigeria’s Round 16 exit at the AFCON in Cameroon but was rehired to take charge of the final playoff round against Ghana.

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Nigeria were eliminated by virtue of the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 at home in the return leg, with the first leg in Ghana ending goalless.

 

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

An official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly died following the chaos that erupted after the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria Ghana in Abuja on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Dr Joseph Kabungo, a Zambian medical practitioner.

He was CAF’s designated Doping Officer for the game.

Dr Kabungo, according to reports, lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans tried to make their way out of the stadium, leading to a stampede.

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British-Nigerian journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana announced this on his Twitter page.

He indicated the cause of death has not been confirmed by the Zambian government and the bereaved family has been duly confirmed.

Ghanaian journalist, Collins Atta Poku, who might have witnessed the unfortunate incident said the deceased was rushed to an ambulance closer to Ghana’s dressing room.

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But all attempts to resuscitate him proved futile.

 

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