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    France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: A marker for greater things!

    The curtains have been drawn on this year’s edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the event in France saw numerous gains achieved in Women’s football on a global level. In the spirit of advocacy, I launched the Slay-Ballers campaign to bring more awareness to women playing soccer particularly in the face of an ever-widening gender gap when compared to the men’s game. France 2019 saw a clear upgrade in the hitherto low standard of women’s football. The quality of soccer on display by the ladies this summer in France has been remarkably high, so much that many people have forgotten that two big regional men’s events (the AFCON…

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    THE SLAYBALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – SWEDEN VS NETHERLANDS

        Netherlands vs. Sweden I would say the match between USA and England yesterday has been one of the most thrilling and dramatic matches I have watched since the beginning of this tournament. From a brilliant header from USA’s Press then an equalizer by Ellen White to Alex Morgan scoring her 6th goal of the tournament on her birthday. We later saw a very dramatic second half as the decision of VAR was very critical. It was indeed intense. From VAR confirming an offside goal by Ellen White for the English team and the controversial penalty that was given but missed and finally to the red card given to…

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    THE SLAYBALLERS 2019 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – ENGLAND VS USA

    The FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup is gradually coming to an end and we are presently at the semi-final stage where we have a couple of mouthwatering fixtures to enjoy. England take on the only non-European team left in the competition and defending champions USA while Sweden take on European champions Netherlands in an all European Showdown. The Lionesses will be looking to go one stage better than they did in Canada as they take on tournament favorites USA while the USWNT will be looking to make a return to the final as they look to successfully defend their title when they take to the field in Lyon. Having knocked…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – NORWAY VS. ENGLAND

    Norway take on England in one of the three all-European showdowns in the quarter finals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France having overcome Australia and Cameroon respectively in the previous round. The Three Lionesses who have four wins out of four go into this game on the back of a bad-tempered win over Cameroon in the last 16; their 3-0 triumph over the African nation was marred by VAR controversy and poor refereeing while Norway came dangerously close to being eliminated, as they required a penalty shootout to see off the Maltidas after being taken all the way by 10-woman Australia. England have played some fairly impressive…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – NETHERLANDS VS JAPAN

    Spain lost out narrowly to the USWNT earlier today and in another similar clash between an established powerhouse and a fast-rising team, the Netherlands take on Japan. At this exact stage of the 2015 World Cup, Japan beat the Netherlands 2-1 and went on to reach their second consecutive final. The Dutch had qualified for that knockout round as one of the four best third-placed teams; they set up this 2019 re-match – a clear evidence of their improvement– by topping their group through an emphatic win. Former world champions Japan are building a team for the future, while the reigning European champions just like the Spanish side are looking…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – SPAIN VS. USA

    The FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup’s knockout stage continues on tomorrow with Spain taking on the United States in one of the most anticipated round-of-16 showdown, with France or Brazil awaiting the winner in the quarter finals. Spain, playing in their first ever knock-out game in the competition having only made their debut four years ago are a team on the rise and they should provide a far more sterner test of this USWNT’s bid to retain the world title. The USWNT will still be heavily favored to defeat Spain in the last-16 game at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims though, despite Spain’s growth in the game since the last time…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – FRANCE VS BRAZIL

    The FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup’s knockout stage continues on Sunday with the next batch of round of 16 matches. Earlier today, Germany and Norway secured progress to the quarter finals after eliminating Nigeria and Australia respectively. Tomorrow, England take on Cameroon and in the star match of the day, hosts France take on Brazil. France go into this game with a perfect record in the group stage albeit the last two of those wins were laboured and they had to grind out the victory. Brazil on the other hand finished third behind Italy and Australia and qualified as the best third-placed team despite winning two of three group matches…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – GERMANY VS NIGERIA

    The FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup’s knockout stage kicks off on Saturday with the round of 16 as one of the favorites takes on one of the underdogs. Germany faces Nigeria with a spot in the quarterfinals to play for. Germany won Group B with a perfect record and didn’t concede a single goal in the process, joining the United States as the only teams to do that in this tournament. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s fortunes were somewhat mixed coming out from a tough Group A that included France, Norway and South Korea, but they sneaked through as one of the four third-place teams to get to this stage. Two-time World Cup…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – CAMEROON VS. NEW ZEALAND

    The group stage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup concludes tomorrow as the final round of group matches continues tomorrow in groups E and F. The situations in both groups are somewhat identical with battles for group supremacy and qualification for the knock-out stages set to go down in both groups. Sweden take on USA and the Netherlands take on Canada in the fight for top spot while Cameroon take on New Zealand while Chile tackle Thailand in the battles for survival! Cameroon and New Zealand will both be hoping to secure one of the best third place finishes as they go head-to-head on Thursday evening. Neither team have…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – JAPAN VS. ENGLAND

    The final round of group matches continues tomorrow in group D with Japan taking on England and Scotland locking horns with Argentina. With both sides likely to progress to the next round with only a draw, the clash at Stade de Nice has less riding on it than many of the other group stage finales in France, but the title of group winners, and with it a lower-ranked knockout stage opponent, remains an attractive prize. While Japan lie second in the group standings on four points, England have earned a perfect six after registering narrow wins over Scotland and Argentina but the Lioness’ performances in the competition thus far have…

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    : THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – ITALY vs. BRAZIL

    The final round of group matches continues tomorrow in group C with Italy taking on Brazil and Jamaica locking horns with Australia. Italy may have already secured their place in the next round, but their final Group C encounter with Brazil in Valenciennes still promises to be an intriguing clash as the Seleção will also be harboring hopes of advancing to the knock-out rounds. The Seleção will need to better Australia’s result against Jamaica to guarantee they remain in the competition, no small challenge given Italy’s sparkling form in the tournament till date. Having reached the World Cup for the first time in 20 years, Italy have been one of…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – NIGERIA Vs. FRANCE

      We are gradually drawing closer to the business end of the FIFA Women’s World Cup as the final round of group stage matches kicks off tomorrow and the genuine contenders are gradually setting themselves apart from the others. Groups A and B will be decided tomorrow and with both matches in a group taking place simultaneously to nullify any advantage that might be gained by a team having prior knowledge of the result of their rivals’ fixture. In Group A, the Super Falcons of Nigeria take on hosts France while Norway tackle Korea republic and in Group B, China and South Africa take on Spain and Germany respectively. Nigeria…

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    THE SLAY – BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – USA Vs. CHILE

    The USWNT continue in their quest for a fourth overall FIFA Women’s World Cup title and consecutive titles as the take on tournament debutant Chile in the second round of matches in Group F on Sunday. Jill Ellis’ side set a couple of records tumbling in their first match where they thrashed Thailand. In that match, USA set a record for most goals in a game, most goals in a half and biggest winning margin, and they also had seven different names on the score sheet. Alex Morgan also tied the record for most goals by a single player in a World cup game by plundering five and is presently…

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    THE SLAY-BALLERS 2019 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP- ENGLAND VS ARGENTINA

    England Vs. Argentina England will be looking to run riot against Argentina on Friday after edging out victory against auld rivals Scotland by a single goal margin in their Group D opener. The Lioness are one of the better teams in the competition and will fancy their chances of remaining involved deep into the competition. This should literally be a walk in the park. England are ranked 3rd in the world while the Albicelestes are ranked a staggering 34 places below them in 37th. To put the disparity into contest, Thailand who were victims of a record 13-0 thrashing at the hands of the USWNT are ranked three places above…

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    THE SLAY BALLERS 2019 -FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019- NIGERIA VS SOUTH KOREA

    Nigeria vs. Korea Republic Nigeria and South Korea will be the first teams to play their second games at the 2019 Women’s World Cup when they meet on Wednesday in Group A play. Both teams will be looking to bounce back after heavy defeats in their respective group openers although Korea remain slight favorites. Neither of them is likely to finish among the top two in the group and that makes this encounter a must win for both sides to stand a chance to reach the second round as one of the third-placed teams. Both teams are yet to register any goal yet in the competition and are going to…

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    FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-THE SLAY-BALLERS 2019

    *Excitement in the air – Come today when the French and their South Korean counterpart would be slugging it out in the opening game of group A, many would be rooting for the Les Bleues to follow in the footsteps of France’s men’s team by winning football biggest trophy. To be the best, you have to beat the best, which is something France’s players have been keen to stress whenever asked if they can picture themselves becoming world champions on home soil. Fate has given them the opportunity to put that maxim into practice when they take on the 1995 édition winner Norway and Nigeria, who have never failed to…

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    FIVE (5) QUESTIONS WITH A SPORT MAVIN

    Did you see the Under-20 men world cup in Poland? Pity our country couldn’t make it past the round of sixteen. Don’t you worry; we are about to be treated to another major event in sport; the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Guess what? Our dear country, Nigeria, ladies would be donning the bright green to do us proud. As part of our motivation for the female child, we would bring you the best of the events with our various packages; one of which is, “Five Questions with a Sport Mavin.” So, who is our maiden mavin? Ugochi Desire Oparanozie is a Nigerian football forward, who is currently part…

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    WHY BALLON D’OR WINNER ADA HEGERBERG WILL NOT BE PLAYING AT THE WORLD CUP.

    “The Heroine in Budapest” fighting for equality in Football Female football’s greatest showpiece event will kick off in seven days’ time and a certain Norwegian star will sadly not be taking part, not because she isn’t good enough(in fact, she is officially the best player in female football) but because she has chosen to make a stance and fight, and fighting she has been doing. Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg will not be at the Women’s World Cup this summer in France because she walked away from Norway’s national team after growing increasingly frustrated with its set-up and what she called a “lack of respect” for female players. Hegerberg has worked…