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Okon: Falcons Still Have A Chance

By Nurudeen Obalola:

Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon has not given up on his team reaching the round of 16 despite their 2-0 defeat to Australia in a FIFA Women's World Cup group clash on Friday.

The Nigerian ladies failed to build on their superb performance in their opening group game, the 3-3 draw with Sweden, and looked lethragic and short of ideas as the Aussies ran rings around them.

But Okon insists it is not over for the African champions,  who face the United States of America next in their must-win final group game.

"It's one of those football games," Okon said moments after the match to the host broadcasters when asked to give his impression of the game. "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

"We still have a chance to advance when we play the USA. We're not out yet."

The Falcons face the USA on Wednesday at 1am Nigerian time needing to win to stand a chance of reaching the round of 16.

Okon also lamented the slightly controversial conclusion to the match as referee Stephanie Frappart blew the final whistle barely one minute into added time, in spite of the board saying four minutes.

"I don't know what happened with the referee. We hadn't even played 10 secs when she blew the whistle," he  complained.

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4 Comments

  1. Reply Post By omo9ja

    Please Mr. Okon, just hold it there. You have no idea of coaching at all. Why all our coaches starting from Super Eagles to Super Falcons coaches always runs out of ideas? Your team were running and no single shot on target. You just stood there without doing nothing. The same thing with Manu Garba and Keshi. They have to go back to school indeed. Can’t you see the way the Australian team changed the game? Oyinbo will never pay power but smartness. You and your team were boasting and shouting that we will beat Australia, in the end, who won the game? Hmm, what a pity. God bless Nigeria!

  2. Reply Post By Lolexman

    Omo9ja I agree with you absolutely. They keep talking, we will beat this one…we will beat that one…Instead of concentrating on the task ahead. The same thing happened to the Flying Eagles, the Germans were far superior in tactics. I noticed they were applying pressure which was their plan from the first minute. I honestly think our coaches need better education not just going about with a big tummy.

  3. Reply Post By afeni ayodeji e

    too bad

  4. Reply Post By Kunle

    Alhaji Okon……….. This chance you made mention of is based on what? You hitting your head on the ground, praise worship, prayers, speaking in tongues? Okay God will strike the Americans with lameness abi? You are just deluded. Glad that you and your crew + Falcons were sitting in the stands to watch Sweden vs USA, and you saw firsthand how strategic planning, hard work, common sense and grit matched with TACTICAL/TECHNICAL COACHING is key to getting results NOT making a fool and mockery of yourself and the entire nation with those comical acts of yours. Bottom-line, you are tactically and technically bereft- just like Garba,Keshi et al.

    You didn't know what happened with the referee for blowing the final whistle 10 secs into supposedly 4 mins of added time abi?I guess your expectations was that Falcons will get to equalize or even win the match in a space of 4 minutes abi?Even though we never had a single shot on target in 90 whole minutes. Definitely, hitting your head on the ground has had very heavy impact on your reasoning. Truth is the Referee saved Nigeria from further embarrassment.

    It’s high time we do away with the misinterpretation / misapplication of religious tenets which has virtually strip an entire generation of Nigerians of rational thought. Media houses and journalists do have a HUGE role to play in the realization of these facts. 

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