AWCON: Falcons Coach Blames Ref
AFTER Nigerian Super Falcons 1-1 draw in group B’s second match with Ghana Black Queens at the on-going African Women Nations Cup holding in Cameroon, the Falcons Coach, Florence Omagbemi, is not a fan of the referee at the moment.
She however commended the Black Queens of Ghana, describing them as a tough opponent.
Omagbemi said the referee’s calls at times were questionable, claiming that Nigeria deserved at least one penalty in the game. “The game was great and both teams played well. Ghana gave us a good match and it was an impressive game. But the foul on Asisat Oshoala was a clear penalty in my own assessment. I was disappointed in the referee not making the call.
“Today, we played against a good team and it was a good match by both teams. A draw (1-1) is not a bad result. We played well and were not expecting to draw. I am looking forward to the game with Kenya and get a good result. We just want to play convincingly against Kenya and hopefully top the group,” she said.
Falcons top scorer, Asisat Oshoala scored her fifth of the tournament in the 19th minute at the Stade Omnisports Limbe. But the Nigerians were somewhat too anxious in front of goal and missed several chances. Ghana drew level two minutes before recess when Ugo Njoku committed a foul in the box and Elizabeth Addo made no mistake from the spot.
In the second half, the reigning champions piled much pressure on their West African counterparts, but the Black Queens were well organized at the rear and kept the scoreline even.
Oshoala should have put Nigeria ahead in the 63rd minute but failed to connect a cross by Francisca Ordega, and in the 77th minute, substitute Florence Dadson came close at the other end, but goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan timed her run well.