2019 Women's World Cup: African reps, SA, Nigeria; suffer opening loses

In this rolling coverage, Africanews keeps up to date with the major ongoings around the three African teams – Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon.

The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicked off last Friday with 24 teams in the race to be crowned “queens” of the game over the month-long tournament in France.



There are 24 teams classed into six groups. Africa’s representatives are Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Banyana Banyana of South Africa and the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.



Two of Africa’s reps took to the field on Saturday recording loses by three goals each. South Africa were beaten three – one by Spain whiles Norway crushed Nigeria by three unanswered goals.



In this rolling coverage, Africanews keeps up to date with the major ongoings around the three African teams.



You can read about the following major areas by scrolling below:



  • Rolling updates on African representatives

  • Match report: South Africa vs. Spain

  • Match report: Nigeria vs. Norway



Nigeria:



Nigeria, are the reigning African champions and are hoping to better their record at the Women’s World Cup and go all the way to the July 7 final.



The nine-time African champions having fallen to Norway will now have to reset their tactics in upcoming fixtures against hosts France and Korea Republic.



South Africa:



South Africa, who are featuring at the Women’s World Cup for the first time, are the rising star of the continent.



The Banyana Banyana have the reigning African player of the year, Thembi Kgatlana, who was the top-scorer at th Nations Cup (AWCON 2018) last year. The runners-up at AWCON 2018, have to face two-time champions Germany and China after the Spain pain.



Cameroon:



Cameroon secured their place at the World Cup by beating Mali in the third place play-off at AWCON 2018 which took place in Ghana earlier this year.



They are in Group E and are billed to slug it out with European champions Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand.





Summary




  • 1991, year first tournament held

  • 3 times, record champions USA have won

  • $30m, prize money at 2019 tournament

  • 24, number of teams at France 2019

  • 3, number of African teams at tournament

  • 9, stadiums and cities hosting matches

  • 15, record goals scored at the World Cup (by Brazil’s Marta)

  • France, hosts this year

  • Quarter-finals, highest stage reached by African team (Nigeria)



Match Report: South Africa’s bright start cut short by rampant Spain



Jennifer Hermoso netted two second-half penalties and substitute Lucia Garcia added a last-minute goal as Spain came from behind to beat South Africa 3-1 at the women’s World Cup on Saturday.



Hermoso tucked away spot-kicks in the 69th and 82nd minutes to give Spain a winning start to their Group B campaign after South Africa, in their maiden appearance at the finals, took a surprise first-half lead.



The first penalty came after a handball by South Africa captain Janine van Wyk and the second after follow through tackle by full back Nothando Vilakazi on Garcia which earned Vilakazi a second yellow card and a dismissal.



South Africa were on for a shock win after Thembi Kgatlana struck a powerful shot from the corner of the penalty area over the head of Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos in the 25th minute.



The goal came after the South Africans had weathered Spain’s early dominance with desperate defending and then began to look threatening on the counter-attack.



African Women’s Footballer of the Year Kgatlana could have made it 2-0 but fluffed a tap-in opportunity at the back post in the 57th minute, not long after Hermoso had come close to an equaliser by striking the crossbar.



But Spain’s superior fitness saw them dominate the last half hour and there were other chances for a more commanding scoreline.



Garcia’s goal came from a ball straight down the middle of the pitch as she outsprinted the defence.



Match Report: African champions, Nigeria, cut to size by Norway



Ada Hegerberg was not needed as Norway kicked off their women’s World Cup Group A campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday.



Without Ballon d’Or winner Hegerberg, who quit international football in 2017 due to a dispute with her home federation, the 1995 champions relied on goals by Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland and an own goal by Osinachi Phale to prevail.



The result put Norway in second place in Group A behind hosts France, who thrashed South Korea 4-0 on Friday in the opening game of the month-long tournament in Paris.



Reiten put Norway in front after 17 minutes when she volleyed home from a corner.



Utland doubled the tally with a powerful shot from close range after being set up by Reiten in the 34th.



Three minutes later, three-times African champions Nigeria were completely overwhelmed as Ohale deflected Isabell Herlovsen’s cross into her own goal.



Norway next face France in Nice on Wednesday while Nigeria take on South Korea in Grenoble the same day.

Ligue 2 : Premier revers de la saison pour Lens

Lens a chuté à domicile contre Le Havre ce samedi après-midi (1-3). C’est le premier revers de la saison pour le RCL, qui voit son adversaire du jour grimper sur le podium.
Au lendemain des victoires de Lorient et de Clermont, Lens devait s’imposer à domicile face au Havre pour rester collé aux deux leaders de Ligue 2. Raté. Devant leur public, les Sang et Or ont été battus par de solides Havrais (1-3) qui ont réalisé une belle deuxième période. Car dans le premier acte, les joueurs de Paul Le Guen ont souvent dû s’en remettre à Gorgelin pour ne pas sombrer. Sans être très séduisants, les Lensois se sont procurés les meilleures occasions, notamment par Sotoca, très en vue mais pas assez efficace dans le dernier geste ou alors vaincu par un excellent portier havrais. Perez, lui aussi, a fait passer un frisson dans les tribunes de Bollaert, mais sa frappe n’a pas accroché le cadre (36eme).

Lens rate le break


Gillet a ouvert le score dès le début du deuxième acte. Après une touche longue de Michelin, le milieu belge a profité d’une déviation de la tête de Sotoca pour tenter sa chance de volée et surprendre Gorgelin (46eme). Après avoir pris l’avantage, Lens aurait pu faire le break, mais Mendy et Sotoca ont échoué dans leurs tentatives. Le Havre a alors profité de ce sursis pour se relancer. Les Normands ont poussé mais ont longtemps été très brouillons dans la surface lensoise. Ils ont fini par régler la mire, sous l’impulsion du meilleur buteur du championnat Kadewere. Servi à merveille par Thiaré face au but, l’avant-centre zimbabwéen a d’abord égalisé en poussant le ballon au fond des filets (67eme).

Le show Kadewere


Un but qui a clairement fait prendre l’ascendant au HAC. Les visiteurs auraient dû bénéficier d’un penalty après une main de Gillet dans la surface, mais ils ne se sont pas attardés sur ce fait de jeu et ont continué de mettre le RCL sous pression dans sa moitié de terrain. La solution est, comme toujours, venue de l’intenable Kadewere, buteur d’une frappe croisée (80eme), sa sixième réalisation de la saison en quatre journées. Pour couronner le tout, Bese a marqué de la tête sur corner, en profitant d’une mauvaise sortie de Leca (84eme). C’est le premier raté de Lens cette saison en Ligue 2. Le club artésien chute à la 7eme place alors que Le Havre, toujours invaincu, grimpe sur le podium.

Ethiopia U-15 make history with CECAFA tourney in Eritrea

Whiles it will be the first major tournament Eritrea will be hosting, there is history being made by the Ethiopian lads in town for the competition.

Eritrea is hosting ten other countries for the Council for East and Central African Football Associations, CECAFA, under 15 championships.

The tournament kicked off today, August 16 and is expected to end in early September. Whiles it will be the first major tournament Eritrea will be hosting, there is history being made by the Ethiopian lads in town for the competition.

They will be the first Ethiopian team to play in Asmara in over two decades. They get the feat after a friendly match planned for Asmara between the two senior sides failed to hold last year.

There are three groups from the draw that was held in Asmara earlier this month.Most of the teams are neighbours of Eritrea along with the East African sides like Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

According to CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, the aim of the tournament is to develop talents at the grassroot level which is the basic stage in the development of a player.

The result of draw is as follows:

Group A – Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, Somalia

Group B – Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan

Group C – Tanzania, Sudan, Djibouti 0

International friendly: Nigeria squad against Ukraine announced

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Nigeria have revealed their squad for the international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro Arena on Tuesday,September 10th,2019. In fact, midfielder John Ogu and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi were among the 23 players called up by Gernot Rohr for the Super Eagles’ international friendly with the National Team of Ukraine. Coach Gernot Rohr is also without retired Nigerian stars John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, however Maduka Okoyer Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper, and Joe Aribo, Glasgow Rangers midfielder, were called up by the coach. Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt due to injury, has been recalled by boss Rohr after recovery. Nigeria squad: Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC), Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany) Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy), Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal), William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England) Midfielders: Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia), Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France), Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain), Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France), Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

Sundowns Coach Pitso takes the blame for dropped points

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Following the 1-1 draw between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United in their Absa Premiership tie at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has declared that he takes the full responsibility for losing the two points. Indeed, Pitso revealed that dropping two points is a great disappointment to the team and that his mistakes were the reason for the draw, especially when he chose to bring on attacker Phakamani Mahlambi. “Obviously we are disappointed because I think we dropped two points. I think it was my fault, I should have sealed the game in the last three minutes, we should have used experience like we usually do it. But I opted to go in the last three minutes for Phakamani as an attacker, instead of maybe doing a sub that will keep the result,” Pitso Mosimane said. “It’s two points gone, but I guess maybe the game led me and deceived me because I could see we can score the second goal, but forgetting there’s two three minutes to go. We became a little bit greedy. Against SuperSport we scored a little bit late, so we thought maybe we could steal it like that. But it’s okay, lessons learnt. The game always teaches me and humbles me.”

South Africa's Caster Semenya decries lack of women's support

She is appealing the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sports which is supported by the International Association of Athletics.

South African athlete Caster Semenya said Wednesday she has not felt supported by other women in sport.

The double Olympic champion was at a women’s conference in Johannesburg where she was the headline speaker.

“I think it comes more into the international stage where you see your own rivals, they come with this, what can I call it, these rude responses in terms of me competing against them which for me is not a big deal because what I know is that we are all athletes and we should be supporting each other whether you’re losing or not”, Semenya said.

Semenya will not defend her 800-metres title at the world championships in September.

This follows a Swiss Federal Tribunal reversal on a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her.

She is appealing the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sports which is supported by the International Association of Athletics.

In March, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in support for her.

Reuters