Emotional dilemma for Nigerian football fans as Super Eagles win, Falcons crash out
London, June 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian football fans are caught up in emotional dilemma on Saturday over the mix fortunes of the country’s senior female and male national soccer teams currently engaged in international competitions
While Nigeria’s male team, the Super Eagles defeated Burundi 1-0 in team’s opening match at ongoing Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) in Egypt, their female counterpart, the Super Falcons were comprehensively beaten by Germany 3-0 at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble same Saturday.
Eagles striker Odion Ighalo who came in as substitute netted the only goal of the match for the Super Eagles to seal a vital three points for the Gernot Rohr tutored side.
Eagles dominated possession, bu poor finishing in front of goal robbed the team of several goals opportunities.
On the other hand, the Super Falcons, the African champions struggled to keep themselves alive in the game which had 17,988 spectators in attendance.
But a foul by Evelyn Nwabuoku soon resulted in a penalty kick, thanks to the VAR which spotted the foul.
Sara Daebritz scored from the penalty kick spot to record her third goal of the tournament in the 27th minute, with the goal further helping Germany to keep Nigeria at bay.
The Falcons had a chance to appear on the scoresheet five minutes into the second half through a substitute Rasheedat Ajibade cross.
But striker Desire Oparanozie did not in time to place the ball at the back of the empty net.
The Europeans eliminated the chance of a possible comeback for the African side as Lea Schuller benefitted from an error from Halimat Ayinde in the 82nd minute to seal victory.
Germany will face either Sweden or Canada in the quarter-finals on June 29.