- The Super Falcons of Nigeria are one of Africa’s representatives in the ongoing FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup tournament in France
- The Nigerian women national team lost bitterly to France by a lone goal in their last group game courtesy of a controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruling
Nigeria’s women national team, the Super Falcons might have been robbed by the controversial call by the referee in their last group match against France, however, Nigerians are all behind their team due to their resilience against the French side.
One of the strongest unifying force in Nigeria is football. This therefore means a large number of Nigerians are passionate about the performance of Nigerian team side at all age grade level.
On Monday, June 17, the Super Falcons just needed a draw against host, France in their last group game, to guarantee them of a place in the round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, the VAR controversy came up again, as Centre Referee blew her whistle for France to retake its spot kick, arguing that Nigeria’s goalkeeper’s two feet were not on the goal line when the penalty kick was taken. This led to the French score the penalty after it was retaken.
Nigeria might have lost but had their heads high as it could still qualify as one of the remaining four best losesr based on results from the remaining fixtures.
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Nigerians in hundreds of thousands have taken to Social Media to vent their frustration over what they perceived as daylight robbery against the Super Falcons. A Twitter user even tweeted that FIFA actually stands for “Football Isn’t For Africa.”
As much as been said, there are three vital lessons Nigerians should learn from the Super Falcon’s loss. They are:
1.You have to be smart when contesting against your opponent. Strength alone does not deliver the results.
2. Nigerians should learn to prepare for whatever they want to embark on time, but not at the 11th hour approach. As a saying goes, Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
3. There is true love among Nigerians as the citizens can defend whatever they believe in as one united family.