Super Falcons Primed for Good Outing against France

first_imgKick-off time is 9pm at the Stade MMArena.Today’s game is an interesting one with Nigeria a mix of veterans and upcoming stars, while France, who finished in fourth place at the FIFA World Cup finals in Germany seven years ago, also boast a number of new prospects.Falcons’ Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, who had been in France three days before the contingent landed on Wednesday is expected to use the game to try out fresh invitees to spice up the team.All 18 players, including Holland-based Sophia Omotola Omidiji, a late call-up, had a light work out at the Le Clos Fleuri ground at 10am and later followed with a tougher session in the evening at the Le Mans Stadium.Nigeria’s Falcons have won eight of the 10 editions of the Women Africa Cup of Nations staged to date, and have represented Africa at all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the first competition was held in China 27 years ago.While Skipper Rita Chikwelu, Josephine Chukwunonye, Faith Ikidi, Ugo Njoku, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Francis Ordega and Desire Oparanozie have been everywhere and seen it all, goalkeepers Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie, as well as Glory Ogbonna and Anam Imo are starry-eyed and looking to notch senior caps.The match comes just days after the Super Eagles concluded the first phase of their 2018 FIFA World Cup actual build-up with useful encounters against Poland in Wroclaw and Serbia in London, and the Under-20 boys concluded a two-match tour of the Arab Republic of Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria’s senior women national team, Super Falcons, is scheduled to take on France today in an international friendly in the city of Le Mans, west of France.last_img read more

The man to bolster Spurs’ midfield in Dembele’s absence? Ligue 1 star analysed

first_imgCrucially, though, is that he provides the much-needed drive from midfield that Spurs can utilise to ease the burden on Dembele. The Belgian has re-established himself as a vital member for the north London side this term, dictating play in the middle of the park. Indeed, Dembele boasts the best dribble success rate (92.2%) in Europe’s top five leagues this season of the 388 players to attempt 50 or more dribbles. Coincidentally, Diarra features second on that list (84.1%).Like Dembele, though, Diarra’s game is not focused primarily on bringing the ball forward. Having developed a statistically calculated strength of ‘tackling’, the Marseille man is also capable of carrying out the necessary defensive duties to help ease pressure on the defence, with Diarra making three tackles per league game. With Spurs’ return to the Champions League confirmed, upgrades are required in certain areas of the pitch and midfield is one of the priorities.Given his experience and leadership qualities, Diarra could well be seen as the ideal signing for a Spurs side that boasts the youngest squad in the league.For more stats on Lassana Diarra, click here to view his player page Without Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele through suspension, Mauricio Pochettino’s side lacked the panache that saw them earn their title contender tag earlier in the season. Ryan Mason was called in to cover for Dembele, but the England international failed to have the desired impact with his rating (5.98) the worst of all outfielders on show at White Hart Lane.Many feel midfield is one of the first ports of call required for Spurs to strengthen this summer – along with another striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane – with Marseille star Lassana Diarra once again linked with a switch to White Hart Lane.The Frenchman has been courted by Spurs in previous transfer windows but they could finally land the midfielder this summer. In what has been a wholly disappointing season for Marseille – the Ligue 1 side currently sit 13th in France’s top tier – chances are a number of key players will depart the Velodrome for pastures new at the end of the season.Michy Batshuayi and Steve Mandanda are set for moves away from L’OM with Diarra tipped to follow the duo out of the exit door. The 31-year-old may have struggled with injury this term, but has been crucial when available. Diarra has a better rating (7.32) than any other Marseille player this season, with the French side winning a considerably greater proportion of games with him starting (33.3%) than without (15.4%). 3 3 Lassana Diarra could be on his way out of Marseille this summer 3 Football stats experts assess the merits of a rumoured Tottenham target. For more football statistics, check out‘s excellent website.Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton on Sunday highlighted one of their major flaws this season – failing to hold on to winning positions.It was revealed that Spurs have thrown away the most points (20) from winning positions in the Premier League this season.Seven of those have come in the last three Premier League outings as Spurs’ hopes of a top-two finish rely on them beating struggling Newcastle in the final game of the season.The loss to Saints again highlighted Spurs’ lack of strength in depth and their need to invest in the summer.last_img read more