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10 things we learnt from the NWPL Super 4

October 15, 2017 in Blogs, News

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10 things we learnt from the NWPL Super 4

The draw for the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 was held at the Protea Hotel on August 16 amidst expectations on the part of football lovers in the country.

Format of the competition was drawn out with Rivers Angels, Delta Queens, Bayelsa Queens and Nasarawa Amazons all expected to play in a round robin format before the top two plays in the final.

Prize monies was set at #3 million for the champions, #2 million for the second placed side and #1 million for the team that end up in third spot. Read the rest of this entry →

Liverpool Ladies cruise to victory over Sheffield FC

October 12, 2017 in Blogs, Match report, News

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Liverpool Ladies cruise to victory over Sheffield FC

Liverpool Ladies cruised to a 6-0 victory over Sheffield FC Ladies in Group One North in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres Cup in Widnes on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool took the lead on nine minutes as Caroline Weir was played in by a superb Alex Greenwood pass and she stayed composed to slot the ball past the onrushing Danielle Gibbons and into the net.

Greenwood could have doubled the home sides lead on sixteen minutes as her freekick from 30 yards out beat Gibbons but she was denied as the ball struck the post before bouncing away to safety. Read the rest of this entry →

Match preview: Manchester City v St. Pölten | UEFA Women’s Champions League, Round of 32 (2nd leg)

October 11, 2017 in Blogs, Live, News, UWCL

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Match preview: Manchester City v St. Pölten | UEFA Women’s Champions League, Round of 32 (2nd leg)

Manchester City Women trained with a full available squad on Wednesday morning ahead of the Uefa Womens Champions league first round second leg tie with St Polten on Thursday evening.

City will however be without Pauline Bremer who suffered a broken leg in Saturdays WSL victory away to Everton.

Nick Cushing’s side go into the game 3-0 ahead on aggregate thanks to goals from Demi Stokes, Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris so they are the favourites going into tomorrow’s clash at the Academy stadium. Read the rest of this entry →

Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens set for intriguing battle in Super 4 opener

October 8, 2017 in Blogs, News

Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens set for intriguing battle in Super 4 opener

Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens set for intriguing battle in Super 4 opener

The opening match of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 will see 2013 league winners Nasarawa Amazons lock horns with Bayelsa Queens at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Monday.

Kick off is at 2pm.

Amazons are looking to cement their status as one of the pre-eminent sides in the women’s game by winning their second league crown. They are strongly fancied to return to the top of the podium in 2017.

The Lafia side performed well during the regular season and picked 26 points in Group B, but they were edged to second spot by Delta Queens via goal difference. Read the rest of this entry →

Bitter rivals go to war in Benin City

October 7, 2017 in Blogs, News

Bitter rivals go to war in Benin City

Bitter rivals go to war in Benin City

Delta Queens and Rivers Angels will take to the battle field in the South-South derby which promises to be electrifying on Monday.

The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 matchday 1 encounter will take place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Edo State.

The ladies from Kwale had it tough in the first stanza of the regular season but made a terrific surge in the second round and qualified for the competition by topping Group B with 23 points from 14 games.

As for the Jewel of Rivers, there are few words that could be used to describe their success over the years. They have continued to be indisputably consistent. Read the rest of this entry →

Arsenal Women fall to defeat at Manchester City

September 30, 2017 in Blogs, FAWSL, News

Arsenal Ladies fall to defeat at Manchester City

Arsenal Women fall to defeat at Manchester City

Arsenal Women fell to a 5-2 defeat away to Manchester City at the Academy stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

It was the home side who started the better and created the first opportunity inside two minutes when Nikita Parris latched on to a Izzy Christiansen through ball but she saw her effort sail just wide of the upright.

Danielle Van De Donk then thought she had broken the deadlock as she was played in by Leah Williamson however she was well tackled at the final minute by Abbie McManus. Read the rest of this entry →

Reading claim victory at Liverpool

September 30, 2017 in Blogs, FAWSL, Match report, News

Reading claim victory at Liverpool

Reading claim victory at Liverpool

Reading Women claimed a 3-0 victory away to Liverpool Ladies on Friday evening at the Select Security stadium in Widnes.

Liverpool came into the game of the back of a derby victory last week whereas the Royals lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland on matchday one.

It was Reading who came close to breaking the deadlock on five minutes as Sophie Ingle blocked a Remi Allen shot before the ball rebounded back out to her before she fired the ball back into Jo Potter before her header crashed off the woodwork and bounced away from goal. Read the rest of this entry →

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Cristiane, Rosana and Fran announce early retirement following Brazil WNT controversial coaching staff change.

September 29, 2017 in Blogs, News

Cristiane, Rosana and Fran announce early retirement following Brazil WNT controversial coaching staff change.

Cristiane, Rosana and Fran announce early retirement following Brazil WNT controversial coaching staff change.

The last few days have been a nightmare for Brazilian women’s football. The Brazilian coach Emily Lima was dismissed after only 10 months in charge of Brazil women’s national team and without playing any official tournament, after bad results in friendly matches against countries better ranked.

In addition, some players decided to advance their retirement from the senior national team, for not agreeing with the change of coaching staff. Read the rest of this entry →

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Philippines coach Let Dimzon looks back on subpar Southeast Asian Games

September 26, 2017 in Blogs, Interviews, News

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Philippines coach Let Dimzon looks back on subpar Southeast Asian Games

Things were looking up for the Philippine women’s national football team at the start of the year when they bagged a historic qualification to the most prestigious Asian tournament, that is why many consider their recent campaign at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur a letdown after managing only three points out of four games.

The Philippine football WNT intended to finish the Games on the podium, and appeared to be well on their way with a triumphant start over Malaysia, prevailing 2-1. However, they went on to lose all of their other games: 0-3 to Vietnam, 0-6 to Myamar and 1-3 to Thailand. Vietnam eventually took the gold, Thailand the silver and Myanmar the bronze. Read the rest of this entry →

The FIFA Best Awards vote is not fair and will not be (for now): A voter explains

September 23, 2017 in Blogs, News

The FIFA Best Awards vote is not fair and will not be (for now): A voter explains

The FIFA Best Awards vote is not fair and will not be (for now): A voter explains

I am pretty sure that the finalists for the FIFA Best Female Player of the Year awards created outrage among you. Even the Top 10 was not really great.

I was as flabbergasted as you were when I saw Deyna Castellanos (a great prospect by the way) there, instead of Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder.

But as a voter of these awards for the last five years, as a sport sociology lecturer with a PhD degree in sport and social issues, and a women’s football commentator in a country with hardly any interest in the game, I am not really surprised. Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry →