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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OSHOALA MAKES HISTORY WITH BBC WOMEN'S FOOTBALLER AWARD

Nigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.
The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world.
She beat Spain's Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour.
"I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted," she said.
The award is the first of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster.
Oshoala, who was the youngest player to be shortlisted, was the tournament's leading scorer and was voted best player at the Under-20s World Cup in Canada last summer.
Her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women's Championship in October.
That ensured their qualification for this summer's World Cup in Canada,  which begins on 6 June with full coverage on the BBC.
Oshoala said the honour was a big lift for Nigeria ahead of the World Cup and would help inspire young players in her homeland.
She said: "It's a really good thing for us as a team because we now know that we have something great and now we want to go at the trophy. We can do it, we did it in 2014 we can also do it this year as well.
"There is going to be a lot of motivation for women's football in Nigeria now because of this award because there are a lot of fans out there.

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year: Asisat Oshoala profile
"Support for women's football in Nigeria is now growing very high.
"I know my Liverpool Ladies coach is going to be happy right now. Before I left the UK he called me and said to me 'don't worry I hope you win the award and we're going to celebrate it when you come back'."
Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, becoming the first African to feature in the Women's Super League, with manager Matt Beard calling her "one of the world's top young footballers".
Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English, paid tribute to Oshoala.
"At still only 20, she's proved herself a formidable talent on the pitch," she said. "I'm proud BBC World Service is supporting the women's game and thrilled with the interest in the award."

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32876188

Cameroon's B.C. arrival signals start of FIFA Women’s World Cup mania



It took them about 20 hours in transit, but Cameroon’s team landed in Vancouver on Friday afternoon, marking the first appearance in Canada of a FIFA Women’s World Cup side.
Teams will begin trickling in over the next couple of weeks, with Australia the next team expected in a few days.
But Australia won’t be playing in Vancouver, unless it was to make the final in what would be a monumentous upset.
Cameroon’s Group C makes up the teams that will play at B.C. Place, along with defending World Cup champion Japan, Switzerland and Ecuador.
Cameroon, the second-best women’s team in Africa after Nigeria, is making its first women’s World Cup appearance, and its second appearance on the international stage after qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.
“We look forward to good games here and will try (to win) by all possible means,” said Enow Ngachu, the women’s national coach for 10 years, at Vancouver International Airport.
“Our main objective is to do better than in 2012 at the Olympic Games.”
They lost all three of their games in London by an aggregate score of 11-1.
Cameroon arrived so early to acclimatize.
It was 32C with thunder and lightning in the capital, Yaounde, on Friday.
“We expect it to be cold and we want to be ready,” Ngachu said.
The tournament runs from June 6 to July 5, when the final will be held in Vancouver.
The Group C games at B.C. Place will be Cameroon/Ecuador and Japan/Switzerland on June 8 and Switzerland/Ecuador and Japan/Cameroon on June 12.
Other cities hosting games are Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.
The World Cup final is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on July 5.
“We are in a tough group, but I think we’ll work hard,” said a jet-lagged Cathy Bou Ndjouh, a defender for Cameroon making her first visit to Canada.
“I hope we can be as entertaining as the men’s teams are at the World Cup.”
There was even a small welcoming party for the green, red and yellow-clad players.
“I’m very excited for us,” said Clay Somo, a native of Cameroon who owns Megatronic Cell Phone Services in Vancouver.
“This is our first World Cup competition, so I don’t know how we will do.
“Internationally, it’s too early to judge, but I hope we participate with honour.”
Next to Somo stood Barb Katz, asking him to explain soccer to her.
Better known locally as an enthusiastic hockey fan, she was there to greet the Cameroon team.
“Because you have to welcome everyone,” she said. “You have to.”
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Canada 2015:Pre World Cup Warm Up- Canada Hold Nigeria

Nigeria battled Canada to a goal less draw in true grit fashion as both nations prepare for the kick off of this year's FIFA women's world cup.The Nigerians are a tournament dark horse. Lead by forwards Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala, the Super Falcons will compete in Group D with the Americans, Australia and Sweden. It’s deemed this year’s “Group of Death.”
The hard tackling Nigerians showed no mercy when Canadian legend Christie Sinclair went down heavily on the hard artificial turf twice and the Canadian coach called it a good learning experience going into the tournament. With black eyes,masks and bruises to remind the Canadians about the task ahead,The eighth-ranked Canadian women plays No. 6 England in Hamilton on Friday in their last outing before opening the World Cup on June 6 against No. 16 China in Edmonton.



OLYMPIC GAMES 2016 QUALIFIER- EGYPT HOLDS GHANA

Having missed out on the 2015 FIFA women's world cup fiesta in Canada,Ghana is attempting to clinch a spot at the 2016 Olympic games as some form of consolation for failing to represent at the world cup.

The Black Queens of Ghana were in Egypt to play the first leg of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifier at the Petro Sports Stadium and were held by the Egyptian ladies to a pulsating even game. The Lady Pharoahs showed their intent when they scored in the first half after Ghanaian Cynthia Adobea was penalized for handling the ball in the Ghanaian penalty area. Egypt's captain Engy Ahmed converted the spot kick to put her side ahead.

The Ghanaians forced their way on to the score sheet later on when Portia Boakye evened out the score for a corner kick. Both sides made attempts at increasing the tally but could not break eachothers solid defensive barrier. At the end of the game,the Ghanaians seemed much comfortable knowing they have secured an all important away goal,
The Pharoahs saw positives from the encounter and were praised by coach Mohammed Saad who  said "he is comfortable with the results" he ended.
The Ghana coach also heaped praises on the performance of Egypt but expects his team to end the dream os the Egyptians  in Accra on May 30 2015.
“The Egyptians gave us a good test but we hope to finish the job in the return leg next week,” stated Yusif Bassigi.
The Egyptians will leave on Thursday for the second leg in Ghana. Should Ghana beat Egypt, they will have to beat Cameroon or Guinea Bissau in the third and fourth stage of  qualifiers.Two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil