Flamingoes exit women’s U-17 World Cup
Nigeria women’s U-17 team, Flamingoes, have crashed out of the women’s U-17 World Cup after losing 3-0 in their final group game against North Korea.
Ri Hae Yon, turned out to be the heroine for North Korea, scoring an impressive hatrick which sealed the win for the Asians.
Nigeria failed to make an impact in the competition, scoring just one goal in three matches and failing to register any win throughout the competition.
In the last three editions, Nigeria finished at the Quarterfinals. Their terrible showing at the competition, can be blamed on lack of preparation, as cash strapped NFF did not organize any friendlies for the young ladies before the World Cup.
Southgate praises “outstanding” Lingard
Interim coach Gareth Southgate has showered praises on Jesse Lingard, for his outstanding debut, as the Three Lions defeated Malta by 2-0.
Though Lingard was not responsible for either of the two goals, his mere presence alone was a threat to Malta and he proved himself time and time again during the match.
Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alii turned out to be the heroes of the match with their first half goals. Though England had many chances to increase the lead, they were unable to convert many of those chances, with Dele Alli being particularly wasteful in front of goal.
Linegard was the one who caught Southgate’s eye as he pressed for goal, though he was never successful.
“Jesse Lingard had an outstanding debut and looked a real threat,” Southgate told ITV. “That’s why we wanted to start him. He’s got a strong mentality and he’s an exciting player. The stage is made for him and he’s scored twice at Wembley for United.”
Messi to to return for Deportivo and Manchester City fixtures
Barcelona star Lionel Messi, has almost recovered from an injury which has left him sidelines for weeks.
The Argentina international was injured in the rival clash against Atletico Madrid on September 21 and has not featured for the Catalans since then. Though, in his absence Neymar, Suarez and the rest of the team have stepped up to seal 3 wins in 4 matches.
Argentina did not fare so well. With the absence of Messi from their match against Peru on Thursday, they were only able to seal a 2-2 draw.
Barcelona has disclosed that he would feature in the match against Deportivo, after the international break on October 15, but as a substitute.
“Messi plays it all because he is the best in the world,” Barca boss Luis Enrique said after the 7-0 win over Celtic in early September. But the Austrian may have to give his star man more rest to avoid a recurrence of the groin problems in the weeks to come.
“Without Messi, we all lose,” Luis Enrique later said. “Football loses. We have to find solutions, knowing that with Messi we’re very strong. We know that we have to win.”
Hopefully by October 19, when Barcelona faces Manchester City in a Champions League clash, Messi will be fully recovered and will play for 90 minutes.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan