Tuesday, May 3, 2011

News From The African Women's Soccer World

Kikelomo Ajayi Signs 3 year Deal With German Club
Kikelomo Ajayi
Former Super Falcons captain, Kikelomo Ajayi, has signed a three year contract with a German club side, Nerderkitcher FC. The former Bayelsa Queens player will join the team this summer.According to a source close to the player, she will move to Germany to team up with her new club for the pre-season training immediately after the forthcoming FIFA Women World Cup to be hosted by Germany. "I can tell authoritatively that Kikelomo has signed for the German club. She would move over there immediately after the Women World Cup to be hosted by the Country. One funny thing is that the officials of the team did not believe that the Ondo State born Police Inspector is not a member of the Super Falcons team coming for the World Cup, because of her form. They wondered a lot" the source said.

When contacted, the player who had played in three World Cups confirmed the move, but preferred to remain mute over her non- invitation to the national team. She said that the invitation of players is the sole responsibility of the technical crew, but promised to honour national invitations whenever called upon.
 story by Salifu Usman

Vice chairman of NFF blasts Falcons

Ghana's Elizabeth Addo  in a tussle with Nigeria's Ekpo
The Super Falcons' unimpressive 1-1 draw against the Black Queens of Ghana in an All Africa Games qualifier played at the Abuja National Stadium, has attracted criticism from the first vice chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation, Mike Umeh.

Umeh described the team's performance against their Ghanaian counterparts as shameful and unacceptable to Nigerians.

"I feel so bad. This is the least match we expected to draw. Even 3-0 could not have been acceptable. Look at our so called big Falcons they could not beat the small Ghanaians. I am not happy, I expected a win," he said.

Asked what was responsible for the Super Falcons poor performance, he said the team did not play to instructions and as well committed silly mistakes like the one which resulted in the Black Queens's equalizer. He also said that the team lacks skilful players and got easily tired in the second half of the game.

Despite the 1-1 draw which puts the Black Queens in a vintage position, Umeh expressed optimism that the Super Falcons will qualify by beating the Black queens in Accra in the second leg of the qualifier, which comes up in a fortnight. He explained that the Black Queens will be under pressure to qualify and that will give Nigeria some sort of advantage. Umeh also hinted that the team will be overhauled to give room for better players that will replace the ones that played the first leg in Abuja.

No chance

Reacting to the game, the coach of the Black Queens, Kuuku Dadzie wrote off the Super Falcons' chances in the second leg in Accra by stating emphatically that his side will beat the Falcons.

He said his side came to Nigeria with a clear tactics - to sit in the rear, soak the Falcons pressure and catch them on the breaks which paid off. He went on to boast that his young side, which consists of the under-20 side that featured in the last World Cup will go places. He praised the Nigerian team as well but advised the Falcons to work on their midfield department.
Efforts to get the chief of the Super Falcons, Eucharia Uche and members of the Nigerian Football Federation Technical committee to comment on the game were unsuccessful.


Ghana U-20 Coach To Beef Up Squad Against Nigeria in 2nd leg of AGG

Coach of the Black Princesses, Kuuku Dadzie, is seeking to beef up his team as they step up preparations for the crucial second leg of the All African Games qualifier with Nigeria’s Super Falcons next week.
Coach Dadzie has thus extended invitation to three Black Queens players as he seeks to put the break on the African Champions after the Princesses picked a point off the Falcons last week at Abuja.
The trio of Agnes Aduako, Faiza Ibrahim and Safia Abdul Ibrahim are expected to strengthen the team’s attack and midfield for the second leg Ghana must win to qualify for the 10 All African Games in Mozambique in September this year.Mr. Dadzie said even though the team had a one all draw with Nigeria, they were training seriously to beat them in the next encounter.´The girls are not relaxed at all, they are going through vigorous training to win the match against Niageria in two weeks´ he said.
Coach Dadzie said on paper, Nigeria was ahead of the female team in football but was quick to add that Ghana stands a higher chance of qualifying for the up coming All African Games tournament slated for later this year.

The Coach denied  rumors that the girls were relaxed and content with the one all draw against Nigeria. He said these rumors should be disregarded.


Ghana Women's National Team Coach In Alleged Bribery Scandal

Ghana’s senior female national team coach Anthony Edusei is embroiled in a huge scandal after a player accused him of taking bribes from her in exchange for place in the squad.
In a secretly recorded tape, Italy-based goalkeeper Alima Moro also said several players in the squad paid bribes to the coach before they were handed call-ups.
Ghana Coach E.K Edusei
The allegation comes just two weeks after the Black Queens were shockingly eliminated from the Olympic Games qualifiers by lowly Ethiopia.
Some players also claim they paid bribes totaling US$21,000 to the Black Stars technical staff ahead of camping for the Ethiopia qualifier.
Listen to Alima Moro accusing coach Edusei of taking bribes
As part of the bribes, items like mobile phones, perfumes and shirts other items were presented to the coach and his technical staff.Despite the denial by Edusei that his sub-standard squad was picked because of inducements, the goalkeeper claims the coach took bribes. Alima Moro’s allegations has been presented to the Ghana Football Association and Ministry of Sport for further investigation.


 We Will Frustrate Matlou Again-Botswana Coach

BOTSWANA senior women's national coach Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang has warned Banyana Banyana to forget about qualifying for the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, in September.
"They will not make the trip to Mozambique because and we will ensure this when we play them in the second leg of the qualifiers at home in two weeks' time," Nkutlwisang warned.

Botswana's "Apache" Molefe
Botswana made a strong bid to qualify for the AAG finals after they beat Banyana 1-0 in the first leg in Polokwane on Saturday.

The goal was scored by Thuto Ramafifi in the 26th minute to embarrass Banyana in Limpopo.

The return match will take place in Gaborone on May 14. Nkutlwisang said they planned their match around Noko Matlou, something that worked for them on Saturday.

"We did not allow her to do things as she pleased and don't anticipate any problems from Noko and her teammates in the second leg," Nkutlwisang said.

"We managed to identify their flaws and we will capitalise on them in the return leg."

Players like Neo Masemola, Ramafifi, Tshiamo Ramaeba and Noudi Mahlasela were in top form for the visitors on Saturday and they can be equally deadly at home.

Banyana caretaker coach Joseph "Skheshekheshe" Mkhonza, however, remains upbeat about Banyana's chances in Gaborone.

"I have confidence in my players that they will deliver," Mkhonza said.

The soccer legend said they should have won the match on Saturday but poor finishing cost them the game.

"We will work on our finishing and I'm convinced we will be fine when we play them again," he said.

Mkhonza missed some of his key players in Polokwane, thanks to injuries to Thoko Mndaweni, Yola Jafta, Mamello Makhabane and Nocawe Skiti.

He was also without the influential Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Kylie-Ann Louw, who were not released by their overseas clubs because the match was not sanctioned by Fifa.

But the injured players could be fit in time for the return match.

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